ICYMI: Links Roundup for Dec 7-8, 2013

storyacious links roundupA bellowphone, how musicians fuse with their instruments, authors reworking favorite or classic fiction, the difficulties of being a literary award judge, Lavie Tidhar’s latest and the counter-factual or alternate history novel, Alice Munro’s latest video at Nobelprize.org on how she creates stories, and the ten “best” screen robbers. Read on.


What is a “bellowphone“, you ask? Take a listen to Leonard Solomon’s rendering of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #5 on one, courtesy of The Daily Dot. Yes, well, don’t think it’s going to go mainstream but, kudos for inventiveness.

And, this is interesting about how “experienced musicians eventually arrive at a point where the physicality of the instruments they play seems to disappear“, from New Music Box. [Though, it is doubtful that will be the case with the above instrument.]


This was an interesting story on NPR’s Weekend Edition. A lot of published authors have recently taken to reworking favorite or classic works, yet, they don’t like it to be called “fanfic”. Some of their efforts are parallel narratives, e.g., providing the back-story to specific character(s), some are more extensions of successful series. We’re planning a more in-depth feature on these shortly – stay tuned.

One of the National Book Award judges this year, Charles McGrath, explains, in the New York Times, the difficulties associated with getting through hundreds of submissions, even if one is a bibliophile.

Another interesting sub-genre is the counter-factual or alternate history novel. Over at the LA Times, there’s a piece on Lavie Tidhar and his alternate history novels which somehow defy any sort of neat definition. If you haven’t checked out any of his works, his latest one, ‘The Violent Century‘, a dark story about British spies a la John le Carre, sounds very interesting.


As Alice Munro was unable to travel to Sweden to collect her Nobel Prize and deliver a lecture per the award’s tradition, NobelPrize.org uploaded a talk with her instead. It’s almost 30 minutes long, so you’ll need to set some time aside, but well worth it. Her description of how she started making up stories during long walks to school is reminiscent of Thomas Hardy doing the same.


The Guardian has the 10 best screen robbers. No Bonnie and Clyde? No women? Strange, indeed. Nevertheless, nice pics.

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