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May 8, 2009

Shorties (John Wray, Patrick Watson, and more)

KQED's The Writer's Block features John Wray reading from his excellent novel, Lowboy.

Read Wray's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book.

The Los Angeles Times' Pop & Hiss music blog profiles singer-songwriter Patrick Watson.

The Montreal-based composer and bandleader Patrick Watson produces the kind of vocals that warble and soar and entreat. Musically, his most obvious ancestor would be the crooning majestics of Jeff Buckley, but Watson's latest album, "Wooden Arms," out now on Secret City, shows there's more to his sound than just a pretty voice.

The Louisville Courier-Journal profiles singer-songwriter Ben Sollee.

TV Scoop lists the top 5 fictional TV bands.

Decider Twin Cities interviews Norah Labiner, author of German For Travelers: A Novel In 95 Lessons.

The Guardian interviews author Neil Gaiman about technology.

TIME interviews Ayelet Waldman about her new essay collection, Bad Mother.

eMusic interviews moms of indie rockers about the musicians' early listening habits.

wowOwow interviews Ruth Reichl about her new memoir, Not Becoming My Mother.

NHPR's Word of Mouth interviews author Chuck Palahniuk.

NPR's Books We Like reviews (and excerpts from) Colm Toibin's new novel, Brooklyn.

Express Night Out offers tips for living with tons of books.

NPR's All Songs Considered lists the top 10 wedding party songs.

At The Week, Michael J. Fox lists his favorite books.

NPR Music lists its 5 favorite hip-hop songs for your mother.

Daytrotter shares mp3s from The Soft Pack's SXSW in-studio session.

This week's Largehearted Boy giveaway: three Harvey Pekar graphic novels, including his latest, The Beats: A Graphic History.

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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