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March 20, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 20, 2015

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 BuzzFeed's Great American Bookstores, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America.


Bob's Burgers Vol. 1

Bob's Burgers Vol. 1
by Rachel Hastings / Frank Forte / Chad Brewster / Robin Brigstocke

This volume collects the Bob's Burgers mini-series (not sure why it wasn't just done as an ongoing series, but oh well). If you love the show and want more if it, this is the next best thing.


Covers: Stories About Musicians

Covers: Stories About Musicians
by Jason Martin

Taking excerpts of musician biographies from various books (all listed and credited in the back of this comic), Jason then adapts and illustrates these stories to a very basic and readable comic form. Bob Dylan, Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Coltrane, Mike Watt, J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Kristin Hersh are all subjects. It's fun, engaging, and these sorts of anecdotes are just the thing we like hearing and knowing about our musical heroes. I wish there were like a monthly music magazine feature appearing in like Razorcake or Maximum Rocknroll - if they were - they'd always be the first thing I'd turn to.


Just So Happens

Just So Happens
by Fumio Obata

As a Japanese woman living in London, Yumiko finds herself caught between two worlds - both of which are home. When a tragic accident occurs, she must return to Japan and put many things to rest - but fortunately there is ritual and ceremony to help her along the way. Obata delivers a beautifully meditative story about life being ephemeral.


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, Mutant Funnies


also at Largehearted Boy:

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

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create music 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)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

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March 20, 2015

Shorties (Tom McCarthy Profiled, Depeche Mode's Violator at 25, and more)

The Telegraph profiled author Tom McCarthy.


Rolling Stone reconsidered Depeche Mode's Violator album 25 years after its release.


io9 listed short stories that pack more of a punch than most novels.


Stream James Murphy's cover of "Golden Years" by David Bowie.


Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewed author T. Geronimo Johnson.


The New York Observer interviewed Ben Gibbard about the forthcoming Death Cab for Cutie album, Kintsugi.


Ignition visits locations featured in Haruki Murakami's novel Kafka on the Shore.


Stream a new Courtney Barnett song.


How many of the books featured in the television series Lost have you read?


Stream several Werner Herzog films online for free.


Follow Largehearted Boy on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, 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)

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 (Dot Dash, Moving Houses, and more)

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


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

Auditorium: Be Brave album [mp3]

Danaé : réfléchir la lumière EP [mp3]

Dot Dash: "Rainclouds" [mp3] from Earthquakes & Tidal Waves

Julia Bloom: Halo in the Frost EP [mp3]

KDH: "Beloved Devotion" [mp3]

Lillie Lemon: /brak/ EP [mp3]

Moving Houses: "City Lights" [mp3]

Weird Mob: "Nu American Haircutz" [mp3]

Zara and Anicia: Zara and Anicia album [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Shade: 2015-03-11, Athens [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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March 19, 2015

Book Notes - Mark Kurlansky "City Beasts"

City Beasts

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.

Mark Kurlansky's short story collection City Beasts is filled with surprising and fascinating animal interactions with humans.

Francine Prose wrote of the book:

"Mark Kurlansky's fiction provides the same pleasures we have come to expect from his nonfiction. It's beautifully written, observant, and acutely intelligent."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In his own words, here is Mark Kurlansky's Book Notes music playlist for his novel City Beasts:


My short story collection City Beasts: Fourteen Stories of Uninvited Wildlife is a group of stories of encounters with wildlife in human habitat. The theme song for the book has to be "Wild Thing," the 1966 recording by the Troggs, part of the British invasion even though the song was originally written by an American, Chip Taylor. I always thought this song was hysterically funny. I hope it was meant to be. "I think I love you, but I want to know for sure," and the soft voiced "you move me" and the recorder solo in the middle of the track.

Here is music for seven of the stories.

The first story "Odd Birds in New York" should be read to Joe Cuba's "Bang Bang." It is a story about exotic birds escaped from the Bronx Zoo and living in Central Park. Joe Cuba, one of the stars of the Newyorrican boogaloo craze was the quintessential New Yorker, a Puerto Rican who lived in the Barrio with his Jewish wife. All of his music sounds like New York—noisy and unrestrained and a little bit chaotic." Bang Bang," also from 1966 is about the cultural conflict between Blacks and Puerto Ricans but is really just about noisy New York Streets.

"Twice Bitten in San Pedro" is a story about a young baseball player bitten by a tarantula in center field in San Pedro de Macorís. Though the bite leads him to dance merengue, the music for this story should be the soft stirring ballads called bachata. That is what young people in the Dominican Republic listen to. The song for this story is "Guavaberry" recorded by Juan Luis Guerra, a popular bachata singer, in the year 2000. The song is about San Pedro de Macorís.

"Miami: The Alligator Teeth of an Unknown God" is the story of an alligator that moves into the backyard of a Chasid. He tries to get the alligator to devour his irritating wife and the music is, of course, Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" from 1968. It is about wanderlust "looking for adventure," often remembered for the movie Easy Rider, about god knows what. The characters in my story are not born to be wild, except for the alligator of course, but are suddenly "looking for adventure." In the recording I like the way they seem to get completely lost, mid track, in a guitar and keyboard duet.

"Havana: A Murder of Crows" is about setting up a restaurant in Havana under the new regulations but only crows go to it. For this I have a 1930s bolero by Beny More, "El Congelero" which says that there are a lot of nice things in the world, such as France for example, but dancing the congelera is even better. The rhythm of this bolero can be seen any day in the way Habaneros walk down the street.

"Hunger on the Big Wood River" is about a man alone fly fishing for the last big rainbow trout of the season on Idaho's Big Wood River and being watched by a wolf. The song for this is Donavan's only memorable song, sadly his first one, "Catch the Wind" from 1965. With a simply plucked acoustic guitar and harmonica it is about hopeless desire.

"Night in Stanley" is about a frightening night with wolves in Idaho's Sawtooth Range. For this I choose "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," which was originally a South African song with lyrics entirely in Zulu. In 1961 English lyrics were added for the Tokens. What is haunting about this recording is Soprano Anita Darian. She used her astounding, strong, four octave range to sing with the New York City Opera, in classical concerts, in Broadway musicals, and in commercial jingles. For the Tokens she decided to sing her part an octave higher than it was written, which the others thought was impossible since they were already in the upper registers of falsetto. But she did it with a quality of voice never heard in R&B music and that is what made the song a haunting hit.

"Stalking In New York" is about an aging man lost in the streets and confused and a coyote equally out of place. The song is "As Tears Go By," written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and originally recorded in 1964 by 17 year-old Marianne Faithful. But I'm going with the later recording by Jagger with just acoustic guitar, a very unusual recording for the Stones. They were all very young and years later Jagger said it was strange that young people had written a song so clearly from the point of view of older people. But that is why it fits my story.


Mark Kurlansky and City Beasts links:

the author's website
the author's Wikipedia entry

New York Times review
Publishers Weekly review
Washington Post review


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (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

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
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)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists
Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - March 19, 2015

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.


Hausfrau

Hausfrau
by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Essbaum's debut novel is getting lots of buzz, earning comparisons to 19th century classics about female boredom and despair such as Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary and Effi Briest. Anna, an American living in Europe, dissatisfied with and limited by her marriage with a Swiss banker, throws herself into a series of increasingly troublesome affairs. Essbaum got her start as a poet—she tells Anna's story with deft, blunt language, and makes something new of this timeworn narrative.


Jacobin Magazine Issue 17: Ours to Master

Jacobin Magazine Issue 17: Ours to Master

The new issue of America's leading socialist magazine tackles our anxieties about technology, from Facebook-induced social isolation to job losses due to the automation of labour. It asks whether we can build a movement for social rights that avoids the easy dichotomy of robot fear vs. viewing technology as inherently democratic. With articles on the impact of mobile services and apps in Palestine, neoliberal “innovation” in education, how smartphones reorganize our lives, and more!


The Dead Mountaineers' Inn

The Dead Mountaineers' Inn
by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, translated by Josh Billings with an introduction by Jeff Vandermeer

You may know Arkady and Boris Strugatsky as giants of Soviet sci fi, and the authors of Roadside Picnic, the book on which Andrei Tarkovsky's inscrutably beautiful film Stalker is based. Now Melville House brings us the first ever English translation of their 1970 foray into the detective novel. Inspector Glebsky arrives at a remote ski chalet, only for an avalanche to trap him there with a strange cast of characters—and a dead body! Bonus: an introduction by Jeff Vandermeer, author of the mysterious and elegant Southern Reach Trilogy.


Modern Jewish Cooking

Modern Jewish Cooking
by Leah Koenig

Food columnist and cookbook author Koenig continues to impress with 175 recipes that revisit the Jewish table with a refreshing new approach. With a strong emphasis on vegetarian mains, and many accompanying articles about keeping kosher, Jewish culinary heritage, new Israeli cuisine, and more. Recommended for Yotam Ottolenghi enthusiasts!

The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie

The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie
by James Kochalka

Fans of James Kochalka's wacky cartoon adventures will be overjoyed at this next installment in the Glorkian Warrior series! In which the space-travelling Glorkian Warrior faces off with his enemy Buster Glark, gets his brains eaten by his baby alien sidekick, and tries to make it to the end of the day so that everyone can finally eat pie. Great for kids, fans of Adventure Time, and everyone who loves silliness!


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 (Claudia Rankine Interviewed, Laura Marling on Her New Album, and more)

Bookworm wrapped up its interview with poet Claudia Rankine.


The Quietus interviewed singer-songwriter Laura Marling.


Jezebel interviewed author Kelly Link.


The Record interviewed singer-songwriter Colleen Green.


Fort Worth's "literary speakeasy."


Stereogum ranked Madonna albums.


Vogue recommended books published this spring.


Creative Loafing Atlanta profiled the band Deerhoof.


Real Pants profiled the Seattle literary scene.


The Independent previewed 2015's British music festivals.


GateKeepers interviewed author Bret Easton Ellis.


The A.V. Club interviewed Tori Amos.


Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali talked books with the New York Times.


Marie Claire UK recommended female rock star biographies.


The Washington Post reviewed Roy Morris Jr.'s new Mark Twain biography, American Vandal.


Drowned in Sound interviewed Interpol's Daniel Kessler about his side project Big Noble.


Authors Chelsea Hodson and Kate Zambreno interviewed each other at 0s&1s.


Follow Largehearted Boy on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, 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)

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 (The Dollyrots, A Big Ears Festival Mixtape, and more)

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


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

The Dollyrots: "Come Out and Play (Offspring cover)" [mp3]

Elskavon: Reveal (NoiseTrade Sampler) EP [mp3]

Gretchen's Wheel: Fragile State - NoiseTrade Sampler EP [mp3]

Joy Caroline Mills: Fever Dreams (Volume One) EP [mp3]

Ken Wakan: Moving On Remixed album [mp3]

Lara Landon: "Is It Only a Dream" [mp3]

Lily Van Sickle: Sketchbook EP [mp3]

Roah Summit: Deep Bloom EP [mp3]

Various Artists: Big Ears Festival Mixtape 2015 album [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Feather Trade: 2015-03-09, Athens [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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March 18, 2015

Book Notes - Claire Fuller "Our Endless Numbered Days"

Our Endless Numbered Days

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.

Claire Fuller's novel Our Endless Numbered Days is an auspicious debut, an unforgettable psychological thriller with one of the most haunting unreliable narrators I have ever encountered.

Publishers Weekly wrote of the book:

"Like Emma Donoghue's Room, Fuller's thoroughly immersive debut takes child kidnapping to a whole new level of disturbing. . . .Fuller alternates Peggy's time in the forest with chapters that take place [nine years later] in 1985 after she reunites with her mother—building an ever-present sense of foreboding and allowing readers to piece together well-placed clues."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In her own words, here is Claire Fuller's Book Notes music playlist for her debut novel Our Endless Numbered Days:


I wrote Our Endless Numbered Days with Iron and Wine's music playing on a loop – every song. It would have been nice, but self-indulgent, to list only his music, so instead here is a possible sound track or playlist.

"Jesus the Mexican Boy" - Iron and Wine
I'm a sucker for songs with a story, and "Jesus the Mexican Boy" is a story about a man who falls in love with his best friend's sister and runs away with her. I've seen Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) a couple of times. The first was at The End of The Road Festival when I persuaded my husband to shout the name of this song in the hope that Sam would play it. But he only cupped his ear with his hand and shouted back, 'What was that? Beard?' The second time I saw him play was more recently in London where Sam encouraged the audience to call out song names, and although I wanted him to play his song "Die," I didn't think it was an appropriate word to shout at Sam Beam in front of an audience of fans. He did however play "Jesus the Mexican Boy" without me even asking.

"Lakes of Pontchartrain" - The Be Good Tanyas


Another piece of music with a story. After I split up with my first husband I had a brief relationship with a man called Gillan. He would borrow CDs from his local library based on their covers and one he liked the look of was Blue Horse by The Be Good Tanyas. I was quickly taken by all of their music and now my nineteen-year-old son plays this song on his guitar and my eighteen-year-old daughter sings along.

"Wash Away" – Joe Purdy
When Gillan and I split up I was devastated beyond all proportion – still grieving I think for my lost marriage. I would lie in bed listening to Julie Blue, the Joe Purdy album that this track comes from. I love the sound of the water as a back-drop to the music. I listened to it until my children (then aged nine and ten) said they were sick of it, and I finally got up and became normal again.

"Street Boy" – Rodriguez
When I was growing up our neighbour gave my family a vinyl album in a white sleeve with no writing on the label. We only had a few records, and I played this one excessively without knowing what it was. Last year I realised it was Rodriguez's music (although not performed by him) and our neighbour was the keyboard player on his albums. It's the music of my childhood even though the album was never released in England. I'm not certain that "Street Boy" was on that test pressing, but I've chosen it because I love the rhythm, and because instead of the lines:

'You need some love and understanding
Not that dead-end life you're planning…'
My second husband, Tim, recently admitted that he has always thought the words were,
'You need some love and understanding, 
Not that dinner like you're planning'.

"7th Fret Over Andres" – Woodpigeon
Before Tim moved in with me about five years ago, we used to do what we called 'art projects'. One of these was to write notes to each other and hide them in the other's houses. When Tim packed up his belongings he found all the notes I had written to him, some of which were lyrics from this Woodpigeon song. I have yet to find two of Tim's notes to me, hidden somewhere in the house we now share.

"La Campanella" – Liszt
This piece of piano music is played many times by Peggy, the main protagonist in Our Endless Numbered Days. I can't play the piano, but I needed a short and beautiful piece which is supposed to be difficult to learn. "La Campanella" means the little bell, but Peggy 'sees' the music as a bird trying to escape from a cat. I listened to it over and over while I was writing the musical sections.

"The Mistress Witch from McClure (or, the Mind that Knows Itself)" - Sufjan Stevens
It was hard to pick a single Sufjan Stevens track, there are so many I love. But this one has banjos, a story, mystery lyrics, laughing and a French horn that comes in at one minute twenty seconds. What's not to love? Plus, my daughter and I sometimes sing this (very badly) when out walking in the woods.

"Spin the Bottle" – Neil Halstead
I first heard Neil play in a tiny upstairs room at The Railway pub in Winchester, England. The room was jammed with chairs, right up against the stage, which was just a low platform. Tim and I got front row seats so we were sitting only about two feet away from Neil, which much have been pretty weird for him with all these faces staring at him. It was a practice gig before the start of a tour and he wasn't working to a playlist, so he asked the audience what we'd like him to play. And I said 'Spin the Bottle please.' I didn't have to shout, I could have whispered and he would have heard. Anyway, he played it, and it felt like he was playing it for me.

"Lakes of Canada" – The Innocence Mission
My son is a fantastic acoustic guitarist and singer, but too shy to play in public. I often give him lifts to and from his father's house, and the payment I demand is for him to play me songs in the privacy of my sitting room. "Lakes of Canada" is one of my favourite. Sometimes he plays for me instead of giving me Christmas or birthday presents. I tell him he's a cheapskate, but secretly I'd much rather have him sing and play his guitar than receive any present he could ever buy me.


Claire Fuller and Our Endless Numbered Days links:

the author's website
excerpt from the book

BookPage review
Bustle review
Chicago Tribune review
Guardian review
Independent review
Kirkus review
Publishers Weekly review
The Sunday Times review
Telegraph review
Tor.com review

Litro interview with the author
The Nervous Breakdown self-interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (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

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
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)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists
Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

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WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - March 18, 2015

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 Triumph of Seeds

The Triumph of Seeds
by Thor Hanson

A near-comprehensive, yet brief and readable survey on the germ of all soil-based lifeforms.


Euphoria

Euphoria
by Lily King

The acclaimed novel based on the life of Margaret Mead gets the paperback treatment.


The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor

The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor
by Flannery O'Connor

This new edition of the ageless collection brings all of Flannery O'Connor's stunning shorter work together under a beautiful new cover.


Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
by David Allen

A staff-endorsed guide to the often-impossible task of completing tasks.


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 (The 2015 PEN Literary Awards Longlists, The Best Bands of 2015 (So Far), and more)

The longlists for PEN's 2015 literary awards have been announced.


Flavorwire listed 2015's best new bands (so far).


Eric Nelson paired a cocktail with every story in his new collection Leverage at Real Pants.


The A.V. Club shared the history of the song "Whiskey in the Jar."


Phil Klay interviewed author Elliot Ackerman at The Rumpus.


The New York Times Magazine profiled the Alabama Shakes.


Full Stop interviewed author Cynan Jones.


Paste profiled Vetiver frontman Andy Cabic.


The Guardian listed the top war memoirs.


Actor Jason Schwartzman interviewed Martin Courtney of the band Real Estate at Under the Radar.


Fresh Air interviewed Daniel Torday about his novel The Last Flight of Poxl West.


Curbed explored Los Angeles home recording studios.


The Oyster Review shared a primer to the books of Italo Calvino.


PopMatters interviewed Swervedriver frontman Adam Franklin.


The golden age of the continuation novel.


The A.V. Club shared a beginner's guide to the music of Modest Mouse.


Paste listed the greatest fictional authors in videogames.


The Daily Beast reported that Martin Scorsese will film the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary shows.


War Is Boring profiled cartoonist Wayne Vansant.

He's best known for his work on Marvel's cult-favorite war comic The 'Nam. But his other projects range from stories set in Normandy, the Eastern Front and Korea.


Follow Largehearted Boy on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, 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)

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 (The Last Bison, Alejandro Escovedo, and more)

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


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

American Opera: "Sand & Seed" [mp3]

Heidi Gluck: "Intermission" [mp3]

Kill the Waves: "Vow" [mp3] from The One That Could Have Been

The Last Bison: "This Changes Everything" [mp3] from Dorado EP

Long for the Coast: The Coast in Me single [mp3]

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March 17, 2015

Book Notes - Alan Cheuse "Prayers for the Living"

Prayers for the Living

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.

Alan Cheuse's novel Prayers for the Living offers a pitch-perfect account of one family's deterioration and tragedy.

Foreword Reviews wrote of the book:

"Prayers for the Living troubles notions of righteousness and forgiveness, madness, and fate, providing no easy answers while still leaving readers feeling edified. Cheuse's is a challenging and intelligent novel, replete with beauty and heartbreak, and perhaps even containing a measure of redemption."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In his own words, here is Alan Cheuse's Book Notes music playlist for his novel Prayers for the Living:


In this story we follow the rise and fall of a New Jersey rabbi—who falls from the dais before his congregation and puts his pulpit behind him, rising in business to become the head of an international corporation like United Fruit (which grew and shipped almost all of the bananas in the American diet for multitudes of decades). Scenes out of Emmanuel (Manny) Bloch’s early life had a hidden soundtrack for me, something like a fusion of the great thunder, though with intermittent playfulness, of a Mahler symphony, and the early Russian scenes something as ethnically folksy as klesmer.

Manny’s mother tells the entire story to a group of friends of her own generation.

Manny’s daughter Sarah brings in the sounds of the family’s youngest generation, with interludes of lyrics from Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo” and the faintest strains of Bob Dylan songs (which grandmother Minnie Bloch refers to as “Baby Dylan”).

From klesmer to Ellington to Dylan, a hitch and a glide and a gallop toward the presentation of a feeling of the times against which Minnie tells her story….a varied soundtrack for contemporary tragic events…


Alan Cheuse and Prayers for the Living links:

the author's website
the author's Wikipedia entry

Foreword Reviews review
Jewish Book Council review

Superstition Review Blog essay by the author


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