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October 26, 2009

Shorties (The Flaming Lips, Jonathan Lethem, and more)

Pitchfork interviews Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.


Two new short stories at the New Yorker: Jonathan Lethem's "Procedure in Plain Air" and "While the Women Are Sleeping" by Javier Marias.


Gothamist interviews Fugazi's Guy Picciotto.


The Korea Herald profiles South Korea's growing indie music scene.


The Columbia Spectator examines the world of NYC music blogs.


PopMatters explains how "the Zach Braff stereotype is slowly killing American music."


The Times Online excerpts from David Simon's essay in the book about his television series, The Wire: Truth Be Told.


This week Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Vestal McIntyre.


As a response (and addition) to a recent Mashable list, The Book Oven Blog lists 15 (more) Twitter users shaping the future of publishing.


The Telegraph interviews author Malcolm Gladwell.


Guardian critics explain how to get your children to love art (music, film, the theater, dance, visual art).


Journalist Christiane Amanpour shares her media predilections with the Guardian, including her music collection.

I have a real mix on my stereo at home and in the carI like a real mix including Bowie, U2, Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Clapton, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Francis Cabrel, and Scissor Sisters, Annie Lennox, Dixie Chicks and much much more. I tend not to like rap as much, but my son does. My mission for Christmas is to make him a wonderful iPod full of the great musicians (some of those listed above) the rockers and pop stars whose music and message endure despite the times.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune profiles author Barbara Kingsolver.


Author Nick Hornby talks music with the Globe and Mail.

As proof of his view, Hornby takes out his iPod and notes that of the 16,326 songs he has stored in the device, there is no British music older than the earliest Beatles songs. “Of course, I have a lot of American songs from the same period. It wasn't until 1963 that you would really want to listen to any kind of English music. They were all listening to ( How Much Is) That Doggy in the Window? ” Hornby says.


Jacket Copy remembers the good and bad choices the Nobel committee has made when awarding its prize for literature.


The Columbia Free Times interviews So Many Dynamos drummer Clayton “Norm” Kunstel.


Win a copy of They Might be Giants' new children's book, Kids Go!, in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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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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