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November 21, 2014

Book Notes - Sean Manning, Jack Pendarvis, Heather Havrilesky, Phil Hanrahan, Laura Lippman, Emily Chenoweth "Come Here Often?"

Come Here Often?: 53 Writers Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Bar

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Come Here Often?: 53 Writers Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Bar is a magnificent celebration of local bars.

Forbes wrote of the book:

"Perfect holiday gift book. . . Between the bars, locales, themes and the writers themselves, there is something here for pretty much everyone."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In their own words, here is Sean Manning and several contributors' Book Notes music playlist for the anthology Come Here Often?: 53 Writers Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Bar:


Jack Pendarvis - "Sunday Morning Coming Down” by Johnny Cash

I'd say that if you're alone at a back table "Sunday Morning Coming Down," written by Kris Kristofferson and sung by Johnny Cash, is the perfect bar jukebox song to accompany self-pity, an all-time fave barroom emotion.

Heather Havrilesky - "Hot in Herre" by Nelly

I know I'm outing myself as a aging frat boy with this one, but "Hot in Herre" by Nelly is the first song I look for on a jukebox. It's catchy but still soulful, upbeat but still menacing, and sexy, but in that old-school, goofy way that doesn't take itself too seriously ("I think my butt can bend!"). The bottom line is that most people are disappointingly hesitant to "take off all their clothes" in public, even when it's very hot and they're drinking tequila. This song makes up for that just a little bit.

Phil Hanrahan - "The Have Nots” by X

For a few years now I've had this fantasy of opening a small New York City bar that plays only Husker Du songs (with exceptions made for tunes by Bob Mould's post-Husker band Sugar and his solo work). Seven days and nights a week, this magnificent music, yours to hear by just stepping through the door into a place where you'll share at least one instant, guaranteed bond with everyone in there. "Celebrated Summer.” "Flexible Flyer.” "Brasilia Crossed With Trenton.” One night, all of Zen Arcade. Another night, Copper Blue. Paradise.

But given just one jukebox credit, it turns out I wouldn't turn to Husker Du. Nor to my favorite song in the world, Mark Lanegan's weary, whisky-voiced love ballad "Strange Religion” (with dark-angel backing vocals by Come Here Often? contributor Duff McKagan). The Lanegan song—about a scarred, regret-filled soul who finds transformative love—is too stately of tempo, too interiority-triggering, too grained with ache, to play in a bar, unless you want to see a roomful of patrons staring into their drinks, remembering their sharpest losses and the way love both redeems and paves the way for grief.

I'd go with my second favorite song, "The Have Nots” by X. Closing track on their epochal 1982 album Under the Big Black Sun, this song, too, has some ache in its gritty sketch of factory lifers, barflies, lonely souls gathered in Bukowski-ready dive bars and Rust Belt taverns, nursing a shot and a beer after another "hard-earned day,” playing cards with "barmaids while they work.” A lifetime of grinding and these workers have barely risen up the economic ladder since, system-wise, "this is the game that moves as you play.” (Bret Easton Ellis used the lyric, with irony, as a Less Than Zero epigraph). But the song's tempo is fast: Billy Zoom plays snappy, surging rockabilly licks; DJ Bonebreak drums with whip-cracking crispness; and as ever with X, John Doe and Exene Cervenka deliver distinctive, sometimes soaring, slightly cracked vocal harmonies—Cervenka's voice sliding up and around her then-husband's, unpredictably, wonderfully weirdly, even darting into brief, droning atonality. A harmonizing that in its knowing spikiness seems to capture the complexity of love. I've played this song more than any other song in my life. And it's never better than when pounding out of a bar jukebox. Like they're driving down one of the factory neighborhood streets in my hometown of Milwaukee (the lyrics reportedly came to Cervenka while touring the Upper Midwest) and reading aloud what they see on neon tavern signs, Doe and Cervenka chant together the names of seventeen blue-collar bars all told, including my favorites The Hula Gal, Jocko's Rocket Ship, Dexter's New Approach, GG's Cozy Corner and the Get Down Lounge. I would have loved to have been in LA's Roxy Theatre on July 12 this past summer when X played the third of four full-album shows devoted to their first four albums. That night, a Saturday, they played all of Under the Big Black Sun.

Laura Lippman - "Everything Happens to Me” by Chet Baker

There's a Steve Earle-Emmylou Harris duet that I love, "I Remember You,” from the Jerusalem album, but I've never found it on any jukebox. And I can't listen to it without crying, so maybe that's for the best. I have found Chet Baker on various jukeboxes, although it's almost always "My Funny Valentine,” which is fine, but I'd love to find his version of "Everything Happens to Me.” The thing about playing Baker for people who have never listened to him is that people start off saying, "That sounds like my drunk uncle at a wedding," but after a while, they get it. Oh, and want to win a bar bet? Bet someone who's sure they know everything about music they don't know the verse to "My Funny Valentine.”

Sean Manning - "Roll With It” by Steve Winwood

Trying to pick just one jukebox song is tough. Usually you get at least three songs, and you don't pick them independent of one another. You weave them together to tell a story or evoke a mood. Picking jukebox songs is like boxing: your combinations should vary and surprise. Picking just one song, then, is like coming out of your corner and instantly throwing a haymaker. In which case, I'd have to choose "Roll With It” by Steve Winwood. There's a reason the sax solo in rock and roll died out shortly after this song's release in 1988: you can't do it any better. Put it on and just watch the nods of appreciation from your fellow drinkers.

Emily Chenoweth - "Return of the Grievous Angel” by Gram Parsons

I've never been that person who goes to the jukebox clutching a fistful of ones. This is partly because I'd rather spend the money on a cocktail—but it's also because I don't want to choose everyone's night-out soundtrack. That seems…well, kind of bossy, honestly. And, as if these reasons aren't already enough to keep me away from the jukebox, I'm also totally indecisive. Sure, if ever forced to impose my taste on fellow bar patrons, I'd probably pick a Gram Parsons song, because I love him and because that is some down-home all-American drinking music, albeit sung by an androgynously gorgeous drug addict named Cecil wearing a bespoke sequined suit. You can hear beer bottles shattering during Parsons's live numbers, and his so-called Cosmic American Music is anthemically perfect for all the beautiful, regrettable promises a night of drinking with friends and strangers seems to hold: bad romance, psychedelic visions, satanic bargains, murder and heartbreak. But which song to pick? "Still Feeling Blue"? Too honky-tonk. "$1000 Wedding"? Too depressing. "Hickory Wind"? Waaay too slow. (See what I mean?) So I'd dither around in front of the blinking machine for ten minutes and then end up with "Return of the Grievous Angel," which, as much as I love it, would somehow feel anticlimactic and unsatisfying. Better to just stay at the bar and talk shit about the guy who picked "Take the Money and Run.”


Sean Manning and Come Here Often?: 53 Writers Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Bar links:

the editor's website
excerpt from the book (Andrew WK's essay)
excerpt from the book (Elissa Schappell's essay)
excerpt from the book (Hunter R. Slaton's essay)

Biographile review
Forbes review
Kirkus review
San Francisco Book Review review

Reddit interview with the author
Shelf Awareness profile of the author
Soundcheck interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2012 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

List of Online "Best of 2014" Book Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists

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November 21, 2014

Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists Updates - November 21st

For the seventh straight year, I am aggregating every online "best of 2014" book list I find.

Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online media list I have missed.

Daily updates to this list.

Revisit previous years' lists from 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2000-2009 (best of the decade) online year-end book list collections.

Today's updates to the master list of online "best of 2014" book lists:

Bacon Is Magic (best cookbooks)
London Evening Standard (books of the year)
New Statesman (favourite books)
Readings (best art and design books)
Readings (best crime books)
Readings (best fiction books)
Readings (best food and garden books)
Readings (best junior fiction books)
Readings (best middle fiction books)
Readings (best non-fiction books)
Readings (best young adult books)
School Library Journal (best books)
School Library Journal (best children's nonfiction books)
School Library Journal (best middle school books)
School Library Journal (best picture books)
School Library Journal (best young adult books)
School Library Journal (wildest children's books)
Washington Post (best audiobooks)
Washington Post (best books)
Washington Post (best romance novels)
Washington Post (best science fiction and fantasy books)
Washington Post (best thrillers)
Washington Post (literary news)
Washington Post (notable nonfiction books)
Washington Post (top fiction)
Washington Post (top graphic novels)


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
daily updates to the master list of online 2014 year-end book lists

Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists

2013 Online Year-end Music Lists
2012 Online Year-end Music Lists
2011 Online Year-end Music Lists
2010 Online Year-end Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Music Lists
2009 Online Year-end Music Lists
2008 Online Year-end Music Lists
2007 Online Year-end Music Lists
2006 Online Year-end Music Lists
other lists at Largehearted Boy

Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics and graphic novel picks)
Anitiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Largehearted WORD (weekly new book picks)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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Book Notes - Cassandra Troyan "Blacken Me, Blacken Me, Growled" and "Kill Manual"

Kill Manual

Blacken Me, Blacken Me, Growled

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Cassandra Troyan's latest poetry collections Blacken Me, Blacken Me, Growled and Kill Manual are bold and brilliant.

Dennis Cooper wrote of Blacken Me, Blacken Me, Growled:

"Cassandra Troyan's writing, here in these non-stop great, coruscating poems and everywhere else, is one of the total wonders of contemporary lit. It can make every form it wears seem at once perfected and helplessly corrupted. So, it’s like an ongoing R.I.P. to the historical models. But she’s not just a writers' writer. She seems to know so much so unusually and feel everything so complicatedly and yet concisely that reading her is something new and gigantic."


In her own words, here is Cassandra Troyan's Book Notes music playlist for her poetry collections Blacken Me, Blacken Me, Growled and Kill Manual:


BLACKEN ME BLACKEN ME, KILLED
BLACKEN ME BLACKEN ME, GROWLED + KILL MANUAL (remix)

This playlist spans an early to late development of teenage longing circa 1999-2006, and more recent developments from 2012-2014, and also remixes in a sense my two most recent books from this year, Blacken Me, Blacken Me, Growled (Tiny Hardcore Press) and Kill Manual (Artifice Books) I'm trying to remain true to influences of these periods and at times where a specific affective experience illuminates itself in dazzling clarity I try to also recount its import. Despite the difference in time, these periods reflect each other in the ways limits were being tested, the edges of feeling, experience, pain, time, and devotion as related to the difficulty of being alive in smoldering times.

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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - November 21, 2014

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.


Myopia

Myopia
by Mark Mothersbaugh

Most will likely know Mark Mothersbaugh for his role in founding New Wave band DEVO, but the artistic polymath has, in the last four decades, dabbled in every medium from postcards to sculpture. Myopia acts as a retrospective of his strange and wonderful creations, and places Mothersbaugh as a "pivotal figure in the history of contemporary art and indie culture," according to editor (and director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver) Adam Lerner.


The Unspeakable

The Unspeakable
by Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum's much-anticipated return to the personal essay features ten new works that look unflinchingly at such topics as dying parents and the decision to have children. In her signature comic style, Daum tackles everything we find "unspeakable," the taboos and illusions we've created, and takes us along for the ride.


Lucky Peach 13

Lucky Peach 13

Just in time for early bird stocking stuffer shoppers everywhere, Lucky Peach has come out with their holiday issue. Filled with the usual art, recipes, and stories, the issue takes us as far away as Rome, only to have us back again in time for a big Christmas feast.


The Travel Almanac 8

The Travel Almanac 8

With a cover model like musical great Bryan Ferry, you know the new issue of the Travel Almanac is going to be special. Donkey rides in Turkey, towering termite mounds in Namibia, and lonely, empty spaces in Iceland are all equally featured in this sophisticated publication, while reviews of chichi hotels and interviews with the brutally hip round out the travel journal.


Put A Egg On It 9

Put A Egg On It 9

Put A Egg On It is a self-proclaimed "irreverent digest-sized art and literary magazine printed on green paper out of New York City," but that on its own won't tell you the half of it. The zine showcases the joy of sharing food with friends and family and, full of recipes and personal essays, beatifully represents the importance we attach to the meals we eat.


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly links:

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly's blog
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Facebook page
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Tumblr
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Twitter


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

List of Online "Best of 2014" Book Lists

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

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Shorties (Neil Gaiman on Fairy Tales, Patti Smith and David Lynch in Conversation, and more)

Neil Gaiman discussed fairy tales with the Telegraph.


Patti Smith and David Lynch discussed aging, Pussy Riot, and more.


16 online "best books of 2014" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday, including The Spectator's best loo books, Longitude's best travel books, and Inc. Magazine's best business books.


Beijinger interviewed the band The Raveonettes.


The New York Observer profiled author Atticus Lish.


The Herald Scotland profiled author and music blogger Sean Michaels.


Stream Yoko Ono and the Flaming Lips' cover of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," from the forthcoming holiday compilation All Is Bright.


The Globe and Mail profiled author Art Spiegelman.


Drowned in Sound interviewed Jack Barnett of the band These New Puritans.


BuzzFeed recommended books by Indian authors.


The Oxford American interviewed author Kevin Wilson.

"You know, I had very simple origins. I wrote because I really loved reading. If you love something enough you eventually want to be a part of it. As a kid I didn't trust human beings at all; they seemed so scary to me. Books were this kind of safe way for me to understand empathy—what it means to care about somebody else, to try to understand how another person might think. Writing became that for me. "


All Songs Considered interviewed the members of Sleater-Kinney about the band's first new album in 1o years.


Death, Sex, and Money interviewed author James McBride.


The Believer profiled the band The Size Queens.


Author Jean Thompson discussed adapting fairy tales at Biographile.


Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" posts.


also at Largehearted Boy:

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

List of Online "Best of 2014" Book Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
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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Daily Downloads (Speedy Ortiz, Brian Lopez, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

Brian Lopez: "Be My Baby (Ronettes cover)" [mp3]

Ellie Fountain: Thinking of You EP [mp3]

Flight of Ryan: "Technicolour Souls" [mp3]

From the Beak of the Raven: Shadows and Stories EP [mp3]

I, Us, and We: Mono EP [mp3]

Night Panther: Night Panther EP [mp3]

Oh, Malo: Blue single [mp3]

Service Unicorn: Maps of Melodies EP [mp3]

Shaylee Simeone: Happy Christmas EP [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Speedy Ortiz: 2014-11-02, New York [mp3]


search for more free and legal music downloads at Largehearted Boy


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily free and legal mp3 downloads
covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists

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November 20, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - November 20, 2014

In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels.

Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. The Mobtown Shank is his blog, and his comic Said What? is syndicated weekly in the Baltimore Sun's B-Paper.

Atomic Books has been named one of Bizarre Magazine's 51 geekiest places on the planet, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America.


Lunchmeat #8

Lunchmeat #8
edited by Josh Schafer / Ted Gilbert

Not everything is streaming. Not everything in online. And not would care if it was. Even if you could illegally torrent/pirate/rip-off every film you claim to love, there are still some that have have never been digitized and uploaded. And for the Videovore (people who love movies on VHS), it's as much about format and being able to hold a clunky piece of plastic filled with videotape in your hands as it is about what's on that tape. For those people, a new issue of Lunchmeat (a Videovore film zine) is like a holiday. Sure, this issue covers films like Delivery Boys (1985), Obsession: A Taste For Fear (1988) and Get Crazy (1983), and has interviews with directors like Paul Kyriazi, Martin Campbell, and Rick Sloane, but it also has an article connecting the mafia to VHS companies, how to find your own VHS plastic molds, plus comics, crossword, and so much more. My favorite section of his issue is a look at promotional items from the VHS-era. It totally took me back to my days as a video store clerk. Lunchmeat is a Videovore's feast!


MultiVerse: A Collection Of Superhero Poetry

MultiVerse: A Collection Of Superhero Poetry
edited by Rob Sturma / Ryk McIntyre

I'll freely admit I was VERY skeptical of this anthology of superhero poetry, but then I started reading the titles of some of the poems, "Tank Girl Dispatch," "Bruce Wayne Wakes Up," "Bizarro Hate Poem," "The Real Dark Knight," "Astro Boy Blues," "The Tony Stark Handbook OF Familial Love," "When Peter Parker Crashes At Your Place," and "Joker Year One" and so many more. I couldn't stop myself from reading these out loud in the store, and not only is the verse killer, it's clear that the poets here actually know their superheroes. Each new poem is a fun, new surprise.


Punkrockpaperscissors

Punkrockpaperscissors
by Lee Loughridge

Don't let the unassuming cover fool you - this collection of 1980s punk flyers is a freakin' treasure-chest of awesome. It's page after page of doubled-up punk rock history - Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, The Misfits, Meat Puppets, The Minutemen... so many shows from important East Coast Clubs - usually, this is the sort of book that gets the expensive, high-end hardcover, coffee table art book treatment - it's refreshing, and accessible, to see these flyers in an affordable format. Now, got start a band. THEN go make a flyer.


Saga Book 1

Saga Book 1
by Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples

Finally! The hit Image Comics series gets the hardcover deluxe treatment. It's 500 pages of science fiction/fantasy fusion.


Multiversity: Pax Americana #1

Multiversity: Pax Americana #1
by Grant Morrison / Frank Quitely

If you ever wondered what The Watchmen would have been like if Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely did the story instead of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, and DC let them use Charlton characters as originally planned, then Pax Americana clearly shows what those results would have been.


Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail benn@atomicbooks.com. If there’s a comic I should know about, send it my way at Atomic, c/o Atomic Books 3620 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211.


Atomic Books & Benn Ray links:

Atomic Books website
Atomic Books on Twitter
Atomic Books on Facebook
Benn Ray's blog (The Mobtown Shank)
Benn Ray's comic, Said What?


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Atomic Books Comics Preview lists (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)

List of Online "Best of 2014" Book Lists

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
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)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

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Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists Updates - November 20th

For the seventh straight year, I am aggregating every online "best of 2014" book list I find.

Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online media list I have missed.

Daily updates to this list.

Revisit previous years' lists from 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2000-2009 (best of the decade) online year-end book list collections.

Today's updates to the master list of online "best of 2014" book lists:

The Active Mum (best books)
Canadianliving (best cookbooks)
Inc. (best business books)
Inspired by Literature (best books)
Longitude (best travel books)
Monergism (best Christian books)
National Book Awards (books by American authors)
News from Nowhere (books)
Nutrition Diva (best nutrition tips)
Orion Book Award (books that deepen the reader’s connection to the natural world)
Quebec Writers Federation Awards (books by Quebec writers)
Renaissance Learning (most popular books for students)
The Spectator (best loo books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
daily updates to the master list of online 2014 year-end book lists

Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists

2013 Online Year-end Music Lists
2012 Online Year-end Music Lists
2011 Online Year-end Music Lists
2010 Online Year-end Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Music Lists
2009 Online Year-end Music Lists
2008 Online Year-end Music Lists
2007 Online Year-end Music Lists
2006 Online Year-end Music Lists
other lists at Largehearted Boy

Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics and graphic novel picks)
Anitiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Largehearted WORD (weekly new book picks)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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Shorties (The 2014 National Book Award Winners, The Ride Reunion, and more)

The winners of the 2014 National Book Awards have been named.


Drowned in Sound interviewed Mark Gardener about the Ride reunion.


16 online "best books of 2014" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy Tuesday, including Kirkus Reviews' best fiction, many year-end Barnes and Noble lists, and much more.


The Los Angeles Review of Books podcast interviewed author Mona Simpson.


CLASH is counting down the top 100 albums since its inception in 2004.


VICE interviewed Blake Butler about his new novel 300,000,000.


Stereogum listed essential songs from the NYC rock resurgence.


Authors Emily Gould and Chloe Caldwell interviewed each other.


The Atlantic examined "the Shazam effect," how download and search data can predict hit songs.


The Rumpus interviewed author Julie Lawson Timmer about her debut novel Five Days Left.


Stream Faith No More's first new song in 17 years at Rolling Stone.


The Boston Globe profiled the U.S. publisher of Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano.


Flavorwire listed music's most misogynistic and misandrist songs.


Biographile recommended three true crime books for fans of the podcast Serial.


Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" posts.


also at Largehearted Boy:

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

List of Online "Best of 2014" Book Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
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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Daily Downloads (Michael Hearst, JD McPherson, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

The Fleeting Ends: Can't Say No EP [mp3]

Grand Vapids: "Tuned" [mp3]

Hey, Sleeper: "This Doubt" [mp3]

JD McPherson: The Rounder Records Collection EP [mp3]

The Luxury Liners: Overbored album [mp3]
The Luxury Liners: Believe EP [mp3]

Michael Hearst: "No One Likes a Surprise" [mp3] from Songs for Fearful Flyers

Shangrala: Build Your Own Snowman, The Christmas Album [mp3]

Suzanne Jarvie: "Before and After" [mp3] from Spiral Road


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Palehound: 2014-10-23, New York [mp3]


search for more free and legal music downloads at Largehearted Boy


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily free and legal mp3 downloads
covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists

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November 19, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - November 19, 2014

In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week.

WORD Bookstores are independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Our primary goal is to be whatever our communities needs us to be, which currently means carrying everything from fiction to nonfiction to absurdly cute cards and stationery. In addition, we're fiends for a good event, from the classic author reading and Q&A to potlucks and a basketball league (and anything set in a bar). If a weekly dose of WORD here isn't enough for you, follow us on Twitter: @wordbookstores.


The David Foster Wallace Reader

The David Foster Wallace Reader
by David Foster Wallace

It's generally not possible to fit an ocean in a lake, but a team of editors and a host of advisers have done their collective best, resulting in a thorough, engrossing introduction to the American juggernaut's oeuvre.


Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will by

Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will by
by Judith Schalansky

No one can do it all, and if you could, you probably wouldn't want to. While that's not the message of Schalansky's illustrated traveler's consolation, it's one of the many implications of its curious, imaginative character. If you can't do it, draw it! Or write it! Or read it!


The Unspeakable

The Unspeakable
by Meghan Daum

Before Lena Dunham or Leslie Jamison there was Meghan Daum who happily reenters the personal-essay fray with this new collection.


Bow-Wow's Nightmare Neighbors

Bow-Wow's Nightmare Neighbors
by Mark Newgaeden and Megan Montague Cash

Newgarden and Cash return with more worldess, Tintin-esque hijinks of Bow Wow and company.


WORD Brooklyn links:

WORD website
WORD Facebook page
WORD on Instagram
WORD Tumblr
WORD Twitter


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

List of Online "Best of 2014" Book Lists

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics & graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
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)

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Shorties (Cheryl Strayed and Gillian Flynn in Conversation, Liz Phair's Dystopian Christmas Song, and more)

The New York Times interviewed authors Cheryl Strayed and Gillian Flynn.


Stream Liz Phair's dystopian Christmas song, "Ho Ho Ho."


16 online "best books of 2014" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday, including Kirkus Reviews' best fiction, many year-end Barnes and Noble lists, and much more.


Biographile called for a biography of author Margaret Atwood.


Download a covers-filled Eddie Vedder concert.


Hobart interviewed author and publisher Lance Olsen.


The shortlists for the 2014 Costa book awards have been named.


The Oregonian examined the vinyl revival.


Fresh Air interviewed television legend Norman Lear about his new memoir Even This I Get to Experience.


Singer-songwriter Nikki Lane visited The Current studio for a live performance and interview.


VICE has launched a new site, Terraform, dedicated to science fiction short stories.


Stream the new September Girls EP Veneer at Noisey.


Cartoonist Roz Chast talked to Comic Book Resources.


Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" posts.


also at Largehearted Boy:

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

List of Online "Best of 2014" Book Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
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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