June 3, 2012
The Guardian is naming the best music singles for each year since 1952.
The Guardian profiles author Martin Amis.
Think of Mr. Hearst's 16-movement "Songs for Unusual Creatures" as an exotic updating of "Carnival of the Animals," with freewheeling, postmodern eclecticism in place of Saint-Saëns's lush Romanticism, and a parade of exotic specimens — the elephant shrew, the blobfish, the magnapinna squid — substituting for the original's commonplace menagerie. The work's title notwithstanding, there are no texts. But Mr. Hearst, who is also an author, has written a related book, "Unusual Creatures," due out in September from Chronicle Books.
BBC News interviews author Ann Patchett about the importance of independent bookstores.
The Observer lists the 10 best historical novels of all time.
The Other People with Brad Listi podcast interviews author Jerry Stahl.
The Record offers a statistical breakdown by band of 20 summer music festivals.
Flavorwire recommends 10 science fiction books for people who don't read sci-fi.
Louder than War interviews music critic Simon Reynolds.
The Huffington Post lists its 11 favorite queens from literature.
Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.
also at Largehearted Boy:
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Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
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