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March 17, 2011

Shorties (T.C. Boyle, Asobi Seksu, and more)

Mother Jones interviews T.C. Boyle about his new novel, When the Killing's Done.

MJ: Would you say you're a satirist?

TCB: What I'm doing is exploring things. This is why I'm a fiction writer rather than an essayist or a politician or whatever. I just gather material and find a scenario, and see where it takes me. I don't have a plan. Of course, at some point, I realize what it is, and I realize how all the works are connected, and so on, but that's only in retrospect. I love satire. Evelyn Waugh is one of my favorite writers of all time. He's hilarious. He's so wicked. He's so great. On the other hand, pure satire is an imitation. It doesn't really have any heart. It only holds things up to ridicule. So I hope that in my fiction, that maybe I'm getting beyond that and doing something else altogether.

The Knoxville Metro Pulse profiles Asobi Seksu.

Take a listen to any of New York dream-pop/shoegaze duo Asobi Seksu's five studio albums, including its finest and most recent, Fluorescence, and the influences shine through pretty clearly. The band has a decidedly epic sound, with huge synths and electric guitars swirling around in oceans of reverb, song structures morphing seamlessly through time signatures and tempos.

NPR features streaming shows and ongoing coverage from SXSW Music 2011.

The nominees for the 23rd annual Lambda Literary Awards have been announced. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes participants Eileen Myles and Adam Haslett.

Yes! Weekly lists the 10 best songs about Spring.

The Chicago Tribune lists four great food memoirs.

Vanity Fair interviews Sarah Vowell about her new book, Unfamiliar Fishes.

The Mountain Goats are auctioning an unreleased demo recording to support earthquake relief.

The Guardian lists the 10 best books on color.

CNN interviews Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers.

Photographer Peter Ross's portraits of William S. Burroughs' belongings.

ArtsBeat interviews Jack White.

John Thorn talks to Fresh Air about his new book Baseball in the Garden of Eden.

Stereogum lists 20 must see bands at SXSW 2011.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Anne Roiphe's memoir Art and Madness.

Amazon MP3 has a selection of 100 digital albums on sale for $5 this month.

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

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists