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June 3, 2009

Shorties (Sonic Youth, Allen Ginsberg, and more)

iLike is streaming the new Sonic Youth album, The Eternal, in its entirety.


Happy birthday, poet Allen Ginsberg.


Lucky Dog creates a music playlist from music mentioned in Colson Whitehead's novel, Sag Harbor.


This week Five Chapters is serializing a new Kevin Canty short story.


Today is the last day to enter my wife's health blog contest and win two Black Jack graphic novels by Osamu Tezuka.


Entertainment Weekly is streaming the new Spinal tap album, Back from the Dead.


The Lowestoft Journal examines the success of my favorite summer music event, the Latitude Festival.


The San Angelo Record-Times recommends inspirational books for runners.


PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Nellie McKay.


In the San Francisco Chronicle, Mark Morford says the "art jazz lit" Obamas "just might make America cool again, for the first time."


The Chicago Tribune profiles husband and wife authors Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida.


Booksfree aims to be the Netflix of books.


At School Library Journal, children's and young adult authors share their summer reading lists.


SCI FI Wire lists 7 "unfilmable" sci-fi books and the filmmakers who could make them.


Salon offers four summer reading thriller suggestions.


WhoSampled is an online community dedicated to discovering, discussing, and decoding music samples.


The Guardian's books blog points out online Alice Munro short stories.


Tab Robot is an online guitar and bass tab database.


Stephin Merritt talks to the New York Press about his musical adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline.

Though Merritt is dry as a Nol Coward putdown and diminutive (he is five-foot-three), there’s little diminuendo about him. “I’m regularly upset by what people write about me,” he tells me, “especially when it’s intended as a compliment. I got so frustrated being called a ‘short, gay, indie rocker’ I gave up reading what people write.” Dead silence, then a rumble. “And what’s an ‘indie rocker’? And short—compared to whom? How is gay anyone’s business who isn’t going to be intimate with me? Why is that something you want to read in the first sentence? What people write in characterizing me isn’t what I am representing to the world.” He won’t be reading this article.


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


Enter this week's Largehearted Boy contest for a chance to win Osamu Tezuka's 8-volume Buddha graphic novel series.


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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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