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July 13, 2009

Shorties (Jay McInerney, Dave Berman, and more)

The Observer interviews author Jay McInerney.

At The Poetry Foundation, author Ed Park examines Silver Jews frontman Dave Berman's comics and doodles.

Publishers Weekly examines the phenomenon of zombie fiction.

At Amazon MP3: Explosions in the Sky's 7-track 2000 album, How Strange, Innocence, on sale for $1.99.

PopMatters examines the influence of literature on the music of the Pogues.

Gawker has kicked off its Status Galley Book Club with Joshua Ferris's new novel, The Unnamed.

The Mainichi Daily News answers reader questions about Haruki Murakami's new novel, 1Q84.

Paste lists the top rock documentaries.

This week, Drowned in Sound is pondering the future of music journalism.

The New Yorker features a previously unpublished short story by William Styron, "Rat Beach."

The New York Times reviews Rufus Wainwright's new opera, Prima Donna.

Financial Times examines the changing business models for independent music stores.

Graham Jones, author of Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened to Record Shops? argues that Rough Trade exemplifies the re-invention required to stay afloat in the current climate. "The only way [for record shops] to survive is to diversify into genres and releases unavailable elsewhere. They need to innovate new shopping experiences that will drag people in."

Stream the new Rentals CD, Chapter Two: It's Time to Come Home at the band's website.

Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Paul Griner this week.

More "best music of 2009 (so far)" lists

Cool Music Central (top albums)
Frequency (best music)
JeffreyGeoffreyBlog (top songs)

The Times Online lists the 10 best book websites.

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

also at Largehearted Boy:

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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