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October 22, 2012

Shorties (Barbara Kingsolver on Writing, The Rise of Superstar DJs, and more)

Barbara Kingsolver talks to the Telegraph about her new novel, Flight Behavior.

"Every time I write a new novel about something sombre and sobering and terrible I think, 'oh Lord, they’re not going to want to go here'. But they do. Readers of fiction read, I think, for a deeper embrace of the world, of reality. And that's brave. I never get over being thankful for that – for the courage of my readers."

The Guardian profiles the new generation of superstar DJs.

DJs are among the few arts professionals in Britain still in high demand. While record companies cough up blood and most bands can scarcely afford to pay their rent, DJs are living through a boom. Teenagers who would balk at the idea of paying a tenner for a record will happily pay £25 to see some bloke play them.

Consequence of Sound interviews Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles.

The interactive John Peel's Record Archive.

The Telegraph recommends recently published art and photography books.

The Guardian examines why so many musical artists are re-recording their old hits.

Tim Lott explains how he wrote his novel Under the Same Stars at the Guardian.

NPR is streaming the new Cody ChesnuTT album, Landing on a Hundred (out October 30th).

The Guardian interviews author Emma Donoghue.

Ken Scott talks to Weekend Edition about his new memoir Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust: Off-the-record with The Beatles, Bowie, Elton, and So Much More.

Corey Olsen talks to All Things Considered about his new book Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

The A.V. Club lists 17 songs about awkward sexual encounters.

Flavorwire lists 10 "unfilmable" books that made it to the big screen.

Paste lists the 15 best Oasis b-sides.

The Other People podcast interviews author Jami Attenberg about her new novel The Middlesteins.

World Cafe presents a live performance and interview with the band Grizzly Bear.

The Guardian shares a new short story by Hilary Mantel.

The Line of Best Fit shared nine of Elliott Smith's best moments yesterday on the ninth anniversary of the singer-songwriter's death.

Win Pete Townshend's new memoir Who I Am and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has over 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for sale for $2.99.

Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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