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September 10, 2009

Shorties (Beatles, Damon and Naomi, and more)

The Guardian lists the chart positions of every Beatles album and single.

Popdose reviews all of the Beatles remastered albums.

The Guardian's Data Blog breaks down word and phrase frequency in Beatles' lyrics.

Damon Krukowski of Damon and Naomi talks to about the band's future.

So what's next for the dynamic duo? "We've always waited to record until our reasons for making a new album come clear," explains Damon. "Each one has been a project with a fairly clear goal or idea behind it. And we typically only get one of those ideas every third year or so!"

Author John Banville talks to Untitled Books.

The Guardian profiles authors who write sequels to others' books.

Paste interviews Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes.

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers talks to the Florence Times Daily.

Paste lists the "best worst voices" in indie rock.

Vue Weekly examines the connection between sex and comics.

Pitchfork has news of an iPhone app and book tour for Nick Cave's new novel, The Death of Bunny Munro.

The Detroit Free Press profiles David Small, author of the graphic memoir, Stitches.

With images that subtly capture body language, facial expressions and suppressed emotion, "Stitches" paints a vivid portrait of Small's mother and the reign of silent rage she cast over the house. In the book's first pages, Small writes, "... the slamming of cupboard doors, that was her language. The mere moving of her fork a half-inch to the right spelled dread at the dinner table. Her furious, silent withdrawals could last for days, even weeks at a time. Because she never spoke her mind, we never knew what this was all about."

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

RA lists October's top worldwide music festivals.

The Guardian reports that J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer will get somic book biographies.

The publisher is currently in the process of selecting two other prominent female authors for its comic book series, and said it was deliberating between Toni Morrison, Ayn Rand, Margaret Atwood, Ursula LeGuin, Harper Lee, Anne Rice, Beatrix Potter and Virginia Woolf. The books are being published as part of its Female Force series, which has already featured biographies of Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton.

Paste notes that Ryan Adams is bringing his record label back to life.

Details lists it favorite literary podcasts.

NYC Graphic Novelists profiles comics writer Brian Wood.

Nashville Cream lists 10 songs to protest"a day without cats on the internet."

The BBC Music Blog contemplates the winner of the 2010 Mercury Prize. lists the top 100 albums of the 2000s.

NPR reviews the new graphic novel, Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book.

Duran Duran has a book club on the band's website.

Time Out Chicago interviews singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo.

The Globe and Mail reviews Jeff Lemire's graphic novel, The Nobody.

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

Read an excerpt from J.M. Coetzee's novel Disgrace and watch the trailer from the film adaptation.

Win the 2-CD 1-DVD limited 20th anniversary edition of The Stone Roses' self-titled album in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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