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January 25, 2009

Shorties (Lincoln Biographies, Brian Wilson, and more)

The Boston Globe reviews three new books focusing on Abraham Lincoln, including Fred Kaplan's Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer.

Decider Denver interviews singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore.

The finalists for the 2008 National Book Critic Circle awards have been named.

The Boston Globe reviews Josh Bazell's debut novel, Beat the Reaper.

The violence, profanity, vulgar humor, and sheer audacity of this novel won't be for everyone, and there were times when the vivid descriptions had me holding it at arm's length and holding my nose. But I found Bazell's original voice, the humanity of his main character, and the novel's unique combination of heartbreak and hilarity irresistible. This is one of the most original and entertaining novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

see also: Bazell's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book

LAist interviews the legendary Brian Wilson.

In the last couple of years you've been very active traveling and performing in Europe. Is there a particular attraction to performing for the European audiences?

Oh, they appreciate music more than the Americans do. I can tell by the way they applaud that they like music better than Americans like.

The Guardian has finished compiling its 1000 novels everyone should read. is an online resource for book clubs.

Pomona College is offering a class on the works of David Foster Wallace.

Musicouch examines how indie music can be a "backlash to capitalism."

Handknit Heroes is a graphic novel that features a superheo (whose superpower is knitting).

Handknit Heroes is the first graphic novel for knitters. Each issue features a great storyline with knitting superheroes, terrific artwork, and a beautiful (and easy) knitting pattern.

nyctaper features an mp3 download of Ponytail's Friday NYC performance.

Daytrotter's Saturday session features in-studio mp3s from Fishboy.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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