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November 3, 2012

Shorties (A Short Story by Alice Munro, An Interview with Afghan Whigs, and more)

The Guardian shares "The Eye," an Alice Munro short story from her new collection, Dear Life.

World Cafe interviews the Afghan Whigs about the band's reunion tour.

J. Robert Lennon interviews Jonathan Franzen at the Writers at Cornell podcast.

The Other People podcast interviews Lennon.

BBC News interviews author Iain M. Banks.

The Globe and Mail explores the increasing number of collaborations between indie rockers and theater in Canada.

Talk of the Nation interviews Eric Deggans about his new book, Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.

Flavorwire lists 10 minimal wave bands you should know.

Weekend Edition talks to the editor of the new novella collection Return of the Thin Man.

On the differences between Hammett's stories and the movies that were made from them

"In some respects [Hammett's stories] were darker, but the big difference that you see between the Hammett story and the produced movie has to do with the drinking and the sexuality, but especially the sexuality. It was a time in which the Motion Picture Association had developed the code of decency. A character named Joseph Breen was the appointed censor. When he saw Hammett's scripts, he must have had fits of apoplexy."

The Rumpus interviews Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie.

Rumpus: Do you feel like your love of film inspires your music at all?

Elverum: Probably, yeah, I mean, I think they're very related, even though I don't have a filmmaking career at all. I have–It's just a non-existent thing, but I think it actually is–I do think about music in a very visual way a lot of times. Just in my own head, when I'm trying to describe a music idea to other people, there's usually some kind of image component to it that, it's just there, in my head. It makes sense that I should maybe at some point try and make movies of them.

UbuWeb shares a collection of audio recordings of author Charles Bukowski.

A.C. Newman visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Flavorwire lists famous authors very first author photos.

Actor and author John Hodgman shares a mixtape for the end of the world with the A.V. Club.

The Rumpus reviews Jami Attenberg's new novel The Middlesteins in a comic.

Win Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel The Age of Miracles and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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

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