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April 12, 2014

Shorties (Eleanor Catton on Writing The Luminaries, Anthony Bourdain on His Favorite Songs, and more)

Eleanor Catton discussed how she wrote her Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries at the Guardian.


Anthony Bourdain discussed his favorite songs at Rolling Stone.


Word and Film listed big budget movies based on short stories.


Pitchfork assembled a mixtape of songs from Jim Jarmusch films.


The Toast broke down the differences between male and female unreliable narrators in fiction.


Stream live performances from the Coachella festival today and tomorrow.


Author Alena Graedon interviewed herself at The Nervous Breakdown.


At Drowned in Sound, Dave Brewis of the band School of language compiled a playlist of the best songs featuring a Stratocaster guitar.


A Blog Supreme listed five instances where poetry and jazz crossed paths.


Pitchfork shared a guide to 2014 music festivals around the world.


Author Yiyun Li recommended Peanuts comics at NPR Books.


Drowned in Sound interviewed Chameleons frontman Mark Burgess.


The Hairpin interviewed Leah Umansky about her new Mad Men-inspired poetry chapbook Don Dreams and I Dream.


Flavorwire celebrated the 20th anniversary of Hole's Live Though This album by dissecting it track-by-track.


The 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been named.


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


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
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
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)s

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April 12, 2014

Daily Downloads (The National, Doug Gillard, The War on Drugs, and more)

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


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

Alejandro Escovedo: 2014-04-05, Berwyn [mp3,ogg,flac]
Alejandro Escovedo: "Tender Heart" [mp3]

Meat Puppets: 2014-04-05, Minneapolis [mp3,ogg,flac]
Meat Puppets: "Plateau" [mp3]

Mike Doughty: 2013-10-22, Cleveland [mp3,ogg,flac]
Mike Doughty: "Mr. Bitterness" [mp3]

Mogwai: 2014-03-14, Stockholm [mp3,ogg,flac]
Mogwai: "The Lord Is Out of Control" [mp3]

Mother Hips: 2014-04-05, Seattle [mp3,ogg,flac]
Mother Hips: "Rose of Rainbows" [mp3]

The National: 2014-03-25, Los Angeles [mp3,ogg,flac]
The National: "Graceless" [mp3]

Sarah Borges: 2011-02-20, Northampton [mp3,ogg,flac]
Sarah Borges: "Daniel Lee" [mp3]

Scott H. Biram: 2014-03-21, Dallas [mp3,ogg,flac]
Scott H. Biram: "I Can't be satisfied (Muddy waters cover)" [mp3]

The War on Drugs: 2014-04-04, West Hollywood [mp3,ogg,flac]
The War on Drugs: "Arms Like Boulders" [mp3]
The War on Drugs: 2014-03-26, Denver [mp3,ogg,flac]
The War on Drugs: "An Ocean in Between the Waves" [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Doug Gillard: 2014-04-08, Brooklyn [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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April 11, 2014

Book Notes - Daniel Levine "Hyde"

Hyde

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, Myla Goldberg, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Hyde is a dark and complex exploration of the life of Edward Hyde, the character from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and an auspicious debut from author Daniel Levine.

BookPage wrote of the book:

"With compelling intensity, Levine makes a noteworthy literary debut."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.

In his own words, here is Daniel Levine's Book Notes music playlist for his debut novel, Hyde:


Mostly I listen to music when I'm driving, as a soundtrack to the scenery and my ruminations. When I wanted to think about Hyde or was searching for inspiration, I'd generally listen to classical or instrumental music. Jekyll's sadistic father was a violinist, and the strains of his Stradivarius permeate the old stone Scottish manor in which young Henry (and Hyde) were raised. I was particularly attracted to mournful, haunting, risingly dramatic compositions. Some more rousing, modern songs also helped to balance the morbid mood in which I had to immerse myself.

Cello Sonata in E Minor Op. 85, Edward Elgar

This gorgeous sonata was composed for the cello in 1918, so Jekyll's father couldn't have played it on the violin in the 1850s. Nevertheless it captures the moody brio I imagined wafting through the Jekyll manor, uplifting and yet anguished. There is a particular crescendo that makes my hairs rise in chilled delight every time.

Kreutzer Sonata, Beethoven

This masterpiece begins with a rough crunching chord and then mellows into dulcet tones, picks up and dies down. I wrote a scene (which didn't make it into the final draft) where the adult Dr. Jekyll visits his father in the mental hospital; as Jekyll and the head doctor are approaching the father's room, they can hear the Kreutzer sonata wheedling down the hall. The piece is wonderfully schizophrenic, manic in places and then suddenly, eerily slow and still.

The Fountain soundtrack, Clint Mansell

A beautiful, lugubrious soundtrack to Aronofsky's lovely grief-stricken movie: my roommate put it on a CD for me which I'd listen to when driving and brainstorming. Toward the film's climax the music builds to an almost uncomfortably piercing pitch, the violins striving at the upper registers, the bass low and insistent: like lightening flashes across a gloomily rumbling sky.

Tron Legacy soundtrack, Daft Punk

I thought this Tron was a terrific sequel to the original, in large part because of Daft Punk's masterful score: richly ambient, sonorous, blending orchestral and electronic layers, grandiose and yet wistfully sad. It's epically inspiring and sorrowful, providing a perfect backdrop to my creative musings. The music is about light and movement, acceleration and flight, and it mirrors the headlong rush of plot momentum I wanted to generate in Hyde.

"Breezeblocks," Alt J

Once I saw the video for this song, I couldn't get enough of it. It's creepily ambiguous, mutedly ominous, yet you can kind of dance to it, as well.

"Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)," Arcade Fire

The entire album (The Suburbs) is phenomenal, but this song just hooked me. It's also rather dancy, but tragic at the same time, the rhythm undercut with a nostalgic despair. The album is about the constant encroachment of the surbubs, the human sprawl, the advance of the modern age—which ties obliquely into Hyde's themes as well.

"My Body is a Cage," Arcade Fire

"My body is a cage that keeps me/ from dancing with the one I love/ But my mind holds the key"

These lyrics encapsulate Jekyll's psychological dilemma quite perfectly—and more generally the essential human dilemma. We are all trapped in these cages, aware of our mortality, yearning to surpass our bodies' limitations.

"Turn the Page," Bob Seger

This is my "go-to" karaoke song. Karaoke is a wonderful release of ego and emotion—if you do it without too much irony or inhibition. Belting it out from the heart is the way, and this song has great heartfelt gusto. It's about the life of a traveling musician, but it applies to writing, as well. "Here I am, playing star again. There I go, turn the page."

"Let it Go," Dragonette

This is bubble gum pop, juicy and snappy; the song kept playing on my roommate's We Are Hunted feed. Eventually I started queuing it up on my own. It's lively and fun and infectiously catchy, a necessary antidote to the melancholy world of Hyde. As the title suggests, I truly did let myself go whenever it came on, dancing around my tiny kitchen like a fool, shaking off the sedentary tension of stringing words together.

"Skyfall," Adele

I'm not ashamed to admit that Skyfall is my favorite Bond movie, and I think Adele's title track is by far the best Bond theme song. I saw some uncanny similarities between this Bond film and Hyde, most especially in the old stone Scottish manor where Bond grew up, which he returns to in the end. The song is portentous and atmospheric with an invitation of apocalyptic ruin, and I often found myself humming it under my breath while reading over my work. "Let the sky fall, when it crumbles…"


Daniel Levine and Hyde links:

Columbus Dispatch review
Kirkus review
LitReactor review
Open Letters Monthly review
Publishers Weekly review
Washington Post review

Adult Books 4 Teens review
Brooklyn Rail interview with the author
Huffington Post essay by the author
The Qwillery interview with the author
USA Today 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

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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Book Notes - Tova Mirvis "Visible City"

Visible City

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, Myla Goldberg, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Tova Mirvis's latest novel Visible City poignantly depicts both the intersecting lives of her characters as well as life in the city of New York.

The New York Times wrote of the book:

"Mirvis's meticulously choreographed novel surprises and moves us. She shows the city for what it is behind all its windows and walls: a vast constellation of those 'truthful moments' her heroine seeks, as numerous as the stars."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.

In her own words, here is Tova Mirvis's Book Notes music playlist for her novel, Visible City:

Visible City is set on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and follows three couples whose lives intersect in a neighborhood that is undergoing changes. The books is about watching people and hiding from your own life, about discontent and loneliness and longing, about the urge to make changes, and the fear of doing so. I decided to pick songs that convey my love of New York City, with its potential for both anonymity and intimacy, with its loneliness and its buzz of energy, with its people always passing by one another, sometimes interacting in unexpected ways.


Back to Manhattan/ Norah Jones
This song, soulful and evocative, captures for me that feeling of longing for a place. I started writing Visible City right after I moved from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to the suburbs Boston. I was inspired to write the book out of an immense feeling of homesickeness for the city where I felt most alive. For many years, I went back to the city every chance I could, wishing that I still lived here. And even when I couldn't be there physically, writing Visible City was my way of going back to Manhattan.

Possession/ Sarah McLachlan
This song has a loneliness to it that embodies the mood of the opening of Visible City, and my own mood, I suppose, as I wrote the book. Nina, a young mother, watches her neighbors from her windows. Lonely in her own life, she tries to lose herself in the lives of others. In the movie version that exists in my mind, this song plays as Nina watches an older couple night after night. Listen as the wind blows across the great divide/voices trapped in yearning from across the great divide/ voices trapped in yearning, memories trapped in time/ The night is my companion, and solitude my guide/ would I spend forever here and not be satisfied? There are certain songs I can listen to over and over and this of one of them.

Tom's Diner/ Suzanne Vega
The chance encounter with strangers; the glimpses we catch of other people; the ways small and large we see into other people's lives. This is the subject of Tom's Diner, the 1981 song by Vega, a West Sider. The songs tells a simple story – a small moment in a day, yet it captures the ubiquitous city experience of being immersed in our own lives while catching glimpses of other people. As the singer eats her breakfast, a couple kisses and she is "pretending not to see them." A moment later, she is the one "feeling someone watching me and so I raise my head" "There's a woman on the outside looking inside/Does she see me?" In the city, we are all constantly asking this question.

People Watching/Jack Johnson
What greater city pastime is there than watching people, the pleasure of which this sweet and upbeat song extols. "I'm just people watching/The other people watching me." Everywhere we go in the city, other people present, and yet as this simple, jaunty song points out, we are "as lonely as we wanted to be." (And it's fitting that this song was in the Curious George movie: In Visible City, parenting is a central dilemma for many of my character: young children who scream too loudly in cafes and who melt down in the public eye of the city, seemingly grown children who veer off their planned courses at the last moment and return home.)

Paradise/ Coldplay
Emma (a character whom Nina watches from her window) is a young woman who has moved back in with her parents, not sure what she wants to do with her life. In writing this character, I thought a lot about the harsh entry so many of us have to adulthood, with the painful recognition that the promises of childhood no longer apply. This song could have been written about Emma: "When she was just a girl/ She expected the world/But it flew away from her reach/ So she ran away in her sleep." One of my favorite scenes to write in Visible City was the night when Emma is unable to hold in her growing unhappiness and she runs from her apartment at night, through Riverside park. This song could have been playing in the background as she tries to flee her own decisions.

So Into You/Atlanta Rhythm Section
I love the sultry feel of this song – it captures the feeling of physical longing and unexpected attraction. For me, this song is what desire sounds like. Nina watches her neighbors but it's not enough to just watch. When she steps out of her window and meets Leon, the man whom she has been watching, she is surprised at the way she is drawn to him. First she fantasizes about him, then drawn closer still. As the two of them are pulled to one another, I imagine this song playing in the background.

Everybody Talks/ Neon Trees
This song buzzes with energy, like the feel of walking on the city on a nice day, when everyone is out and about, when the streets vibrate and hum. "Everybody talks, everybody talks." With everyone out in the open, are there any secrets anymore? We might crave privacy, but we also want to be seen.

Higher Love/James Vincent McMorrow
How much of what we desire actually exists in reality? A lot of Visible City is about the fantasies we concoct of other people. The kids in my novel have imaginary friends but so do the adults. In this soulful rendition of the Steve Winwood song, yearning resounds. All the characters in my novel fantasize about something more than they have but is this higher love real or just a dream that can't be reached?

Summer in the City/ Lovin' Spoonful
This song captures the energy of the city – those days when just to walk outside feel like a celebration. By the end of the novel, my characters are all forced from the hideouts inside their own lives, into interaction, into more dangerous but more alive states. I hope they hear this song in their minds.

New York State of Mind/ Billy Joel
And lastly, one more New York song that fills me with yearning for the city. In so many ways, Visible City is my love letter to this place that became my home and which I will always miss. However long I live away, I will always think of this as my home. Like so many New Yorkers who live far away, I carry with me my own version of the city I love.


Tova Mirvis and Visible City links:

the author's website

BookPage review
Kirkus review
Minneapolis Star Tribune review
New York Times review
Publishers Weekly review
Wall Street Journal review

Bustle interview with the author
Deborah Kalb interview with the author
NPR Books essay by 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

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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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - April 11, 2014

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly


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

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

Every week, Montreal's Librairie Drawn & Quarterly bookstore recommends a selection of new books, including fiction, art books, magazines, and comics.


New York Postcards

New York Postcards
by Adrian Tomine

Adrian Tomine's beautiful and compelling New Yorker covers have been leaving their mark on the public at large for years, and now you can have thirty of his most iconic images to do... whatever you like with! Frame 'em, mail 'em, hoard 'em; no matter what, they'll be there, looking gorgeous. Those of you familiar with New York Drawings will recognize a lot of work shown here, but a few newer illustrations that have come out since the debut of Drawings are included as well, along with some of his more famous sketches.


Us Conductors

Us Conductors
by Sean Michaels

Us Conductors is the debut novel by Montreal author Sean Michaels, who is best known as the founder of Said the Gramophone, one of the web's longest-running and best-loved mp3 blogs (he's also writ­ten for The Guardian and McSweeney’s, among other venues, and won two National Magazine Awards). The story is inspired by the true life and loves of the Russian scientist, inventor and spy Lev Termen, creator of the theremin, and is told through a series of flashbacks and correspondence between Termen and his "one true love," Clara Rockmore, the finest theremin player in the world. It's a story of love, longing, and electricity that takes the reader from Jazz Age glitz and glam to the gulag.


Can't and Won't

Can't and Won't
by Lydia Davis

Can't and Won't - Lydia Davis

We LOVE Lydia Davis. In fact, it seems like you can't work here unless you do. What can I tell you? She's one of our favourite reasons for knowing how to read, and since winning the 2013 Booker Prize, her fan club has grown bigger every day. Anyway, obviously, we're overjoyed to have received her newest book of short stories. It's called Can't and Won't and it joins her Collected Stories and The Cows as one of the very best books our little store holds. As always, Davis' hyper-precise language and micro-focused observation offer the reader a myriad of delights.


Polyamorous Love Songs

Polyamorous Love Songs
by Jacob Wren

Polyamorous Love Songs is the latest emission from the VERY prolific mind of Montreal-based interdisciplinary writer, performer, blogger, and man-about-town Jacob Wren -- seriously, he comes to almost all of our events, is very active on the internet, travels internationally to present his performance art with remarkably frequency, and still finds time to write novels. This one is his third, and, in accordance with his boundary-crossing bent, it's concerned with the intertwining of art with life and with politics. Populated with furries, 'New Filmmakers' that devise increasingly unexpected sexual scenarios with complete strangers, and a secret society that concocts a virus that only infects those on the political right - Wren's avant-garde fiction will appeal to those who like their literature to have a foot in the contemporary art world (or vice versa). Chris Kraus fans should especially take note.


Remedy magazine issue no. 14: Grow

Remedy magazine issue no. 14: Grow

This lovely, sunshine-coloured edition of our favourite independent, ad-free food magazine is just in time for Spring! In issue 14 of Remedy you can find: an introduction to Mission Pie; Lindsay Kucera's blackened halibut tacos (that she dreaded growing up); a peek into the life of a beekeeper (with a recipe for a honey harvest cake); and the secrets to growing a giant pumpkin. That’s just a taste of the delicious stories, recipes, tips & tidbits, waiting to be devoured in this issue.


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

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 (The Impac Dublin Literary Award Shortlist, A Tribute Album of Songs Featured in Wes Anderson Films, and more)

The shortlist for the 2014 Impac Dublin literary award has been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Patrick Flanery and his novel Absolution.


I Saved Latin! is a 23-song compilation of covers from Wes Anderson films.


BrooklynVegan interviewed Stephen Malkmus about the state of indie music.


Maxwell Neely-Cohen discusses the commonalities of literature and video games at The Millions.


The Twilight Sad offer a track-by-track breakdown of their new album, Fourteen Autumns Fifteen Winters at Drowned in Sound.


The Paris Review interviewed poet Mary Szybist.


London Grammar visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


The Airship listed television shows that were better than the books they were adapted from.


Avey Tare of Animal Collective recommended horror films at The A.V. Club.


The Atlantic and BuzzFeed interviewed Leslie Jamison about her new esay collection The Empathy Exams.


Flavorwire interviewed cartoonist Adrian Tomine.


Stream the new Megafauna album Maximalist at BrooklynVegan.


Pop Candy interviewed Leah Umansky about her Mad Men and Game of Thrones poems.


Nuvo listed the 100 best Indiana albums ever.


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


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
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
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)s

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Daily Downloads (My Brightest Diamond, Wussy, and more)

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


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

Cajita: "Shake" [mp3] from Tiny Ghosts

Empires: "How Good Does It Feel" [mp3] from Orphan

Lili Haydn: Sea of Gold and Other Treasures EP [mp3]

My Brightest Diamond: Until Now EP [mp3]

Owls of the Swamp: "Garden" [mp3] from Atlas

Owls of the Swamp: "Shapeshifter" [mp3] from Atlas

Paradise: "My Kingdom" [mp3]

Steve Strong: "Marta" [mp3] from Three Hands Tall

Waterdeep: Moment album [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Wussy: 2014-04-14, 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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April 10, 2014

Shorties (Adam Begley on His Updike Biography, The Quietus on Britpop Nostalgia, and more)

Biographile interviewed Adam Begley about his new John Updike biography.


The Quietus explored the problems with Britpop nostalgia.


Bookworm interviewed Michele Huneven about her new novel Off Course.


Flavorwire interviewed Carl Wilson about the new edition of his book Let's Talk About Love.


SPIN listed the best musical moments from the latest golden age of television.


Flavorwire listed the best New York novels.


Is Radiohead for boring nerds?


Biographile recommended memoirs for hikers, bikers and thrill-seekers.


Rolling Stone's original negative review of Led Zeppelin's debut album.


Code Switch interviewed poet Kima Jones.


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


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
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
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)s

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Daily Downloads (Red Wanting Blue, Unicycle Loves You, and more)

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


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

Carleton Stone: "Climbing Up the Walls" [mp3] from Draws Blood

Dream Attics: Unbend EP [mp3]

Hidden Speaker: free and legal Wet Recluse album [mp3]

Lodge Park: Lodge Park album [mp3]

Nap Eyes: "No Man Needs To Care" [mp3] from Whine of the Mystic

Peter Elkas: "In My Den" from Party of One

Red Wanting Blue: "Black Canyon" [mp3] from Little America (out July 1st)

Solveig and Stevie: Zombie Lover EP [mp3]

Unicycle Loves You: "Falling Off" [mp3] from The Dead Age (out June 10th)


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Cloud Becomes Your Hand: 2014-03-14, Austin [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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April 9, 2014

Atomic Books Comics Preview - April 9, 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.


Cosplayers

Cosplayers
by Dash Shaw

We've all seen 'em - the kids with hats with ears, the kids wearing tails. Hell, you may even be one. Nothing wrong with that. Annie and Verti are cosplayers using an unsuspecting reality to make a movie.


Batman Eternal #1

Batman Eternal #1
by Scott Snyder / Jason Fabok

I know, the world needs another Batman series like it needs more Russian aggression. But this new weekly series is helmed by Scott Snyder who's been writing some of the best Batman comics in decades.


Future Shock #7

Future Shock #7
by Josh Burggraf

If you're in the mood for cool, arty, cutting-edge sci-fi comics, you really need to check out this anthology series edited by Josh Burggraf.


Hup #1

Hup #1
by Robert Crumb

Hup #2

Hup #2
by Robert Crumb

Yes, a lot of Crumb's stuff has been collected into book form, but there's just something so much more satisfying reading his stuff in traditional comic book format. Here Crumb Comics has started reprinting his old Hup series.


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)

Online "Best of 2013" 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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WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - April 9, 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.


Can't and Won't

Can't and Won't
by Lydia Davis

The modern master of brevity presents another series of narrative dioramas, including the exemplary tale/philosophical wager, Contingency (vs. Necessity): "He could be our dog. But he is not our dog. So her barks at us."


The Age of the Image

The Age of the Image
by Stephen Apkon

This ranging, alpha-omega study of semiotics for the layman examines how the dominance of visual language in culture -- from cave paintings to Smartphones -- constitutes a kind of illiteracy, and how we can use our obsessions with image to tell stories.


Living With a Wild God

Living With a Wild God
by Barbara Ehrenreich

Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed) is back with an immensely personal memoir about growing up with atheist parents and her struggles to explain the inexplicable. In her teens, she experienced things that didn't fit within the rational worldview that she grew up steeped in. It's fascinating to see her young mind grappling with it -- and her mature mind looking back on that younger self.


The Adventures of Beekle and the Unimaginary Friend

The Adventures of Beekle and the Unimaginary Friend
by Dan Santat

Did you ever wonder where imaginary friends come from? Wonder no more! This book is absolutely gorgeous, and so sweet.


WORD Brooklyn links:

WORD website
WORD Tumblr
WORD on Twitter
WORD's Facebook page
WORD's Flickr photos


also at Largehearted Boy:

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

Online "Best of 2013" Book Lists

52 Books, 52 Weeks (my yearly reading project)
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 (Douglas Coupland Recommends Nihilistic Books, The 20th Anniversary of The Offspring's Smash Album, and more)

Douglas Coupland recommended nihilistic books at The A.V. Club.


Stereogum reconsidered the Offspring's Smash album on its 20th anniversary.


The New Republic profiled author Karl Ove Knausgaard.


DIY profiled electronic musician SOHN.


Fresh Air interviewed Barbara Ehrenreich about her new book Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything.

Read an excerpt from the book.


The back side of album covers imagined.


Ann VanderMeer talked to All Things Considered about her new anthology The Time Traveler's Almanac.


Flavorwire listed the best music documentaries streaming at Netflix.


Open Letters Monthly compared the five film and television adaptations of The Great Gatsby.


Pitchfork is streaming the new Woods album With Light and Love.


The Guardian listed the top 10 books about missing persons.


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


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
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
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)s

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