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March 30, 2016

Shorties (Colm Toibin on James Baldwin, Wye Oak Covered Pat Benatar, and more)

Colm Toibin on James Baldwin's novel Giovanni's Room at Prospect.

Baldwin, in this novel, made clear that he could work wonders with the light and shade of intimacy, that he could move easily and effortlessly into a whispered prose, into moments where David is frightened into sharp wisdom, and then, with equal facility, evoke the excitement of a crowded bar filled with sexual expectation. He could enact in his sentences the movement from innocence to danger, the shift from the mundane to something ominous.

Stream Wye Oak's cover of Pat Benatar's "We Belong."

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Emma Donoghue's Landing
Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions
Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano
Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan
Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky
Paul Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts.

Literary Hub has launched a tournament of literary sex writing.

The Guardian profiled the band the Sound.

The Sound’s second album had the raw intensity (and brooding basslines) of Joy Division, the majesty of the Bunnymen and the tender mournfulness of the Cure, but its own identifiable sound. In Adrian Borland, the band had a frontman every bit as driven, compelled (and compelling) as Ian Curtis. Just why it never quite happened for them is one of those mysteries that baffles fans to this day.

The Rumpus interviewed author Victor LaValle.

Stream a new Megafauna song.

Signature interviewed Rebecca Traister about her book All the Single Ladies.

Aquarium Drunkard interviewed electronic music composer Matthewdavid.

Literary Hub interviewed Danielle Dutton about her novel Margaret the First.

The A.V. Club listed songs about nuclear annihilation.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewed author Karan Mahajan.

The Chicago Tribune profiled singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams.

Fresh Air and Salon interviewed Peggy Orenstein about her new book Girls & Sex.

Stream and/or download a 23-track album of indie music from South Carolina.

29 letters written by Harper Lee will soon be auctioned.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle profiled the Legendary Shack Shakers.

Augusten Burroughs talked to All Things Considered about his new memoir Lust & Wonder.

Stream a new Psychic Ills track that features Hope Sandoval.

Ebook on sale for $1.99 today: Ron Rash's novel Above the Waterfall.

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)

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