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May 18, 2009

Shorties (Jonathan Lethem, Nick Lowe, and more)

The New Yorker features new short fiction by Jonathan Lethem, "Ava's Apartment."

Nick Lowe talks to the Liverpool Daily Post about his music career.

Express Night Out lists the "make or break" moments in Bruce Springsteen's music career.

A Chicago Tribune writer discovers the joys of beach reading.

The Dallas Morning News profiles St. Vincent's Annie Clark.

Whereas Marry Me was intermittently spiky and ethereal, Actor benefits from Clark's amuse-bouche philosophy; rather than thread a common theme through these 11 songs, distinction is what unifies them.

Preorder Ryan Adams' second book of verse, Hello Sunshine, which comes with a signed chapbook.

Blogs for Bands offers Wordpress plugins specifically designed for musician websites.

Drowned in Sound interviews singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf.

Prefix interviews Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt about his Coraline musical.

The Jewish Daily Forward interviews author Sana Krasikov.

What is the process of writing like for you?

I think about Primo Levi, about a lot people tried to pigeon hole him as a witness. But he wasn’t writing just in an effort to record; it was a struggle to understand. For me, writing is a struggle to understand. To recreate the world through our own understanding of it is the writer’s real work. … So much of the process for me is trying to understand the characters. I produce a lot of material I never use while I am getting to know them.

The Boston Herald lists happy songs for hard times (hard to argue with Rilo Kiley's "The Frug").

3:AM excerpts Johnny Marr's foreword to Punk Fiction, an anthology of stories he edited with Janine Bullman.

Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop this week.

NPR is streaming last night's Dan Deacon live performance.

This week's Largehearted Boy giveaway: the new Alina Simone/Black Swan 7" single along with a Black Swans album and Alina Simone's complete back catalog.

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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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