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October 27, 2009

Shorties (Kings of Convenience, Chuck Klosterman, and more)

Erlend Oye of Kings of Convenience talks to PopMatters about the band's new album, Declaration of Dependence.

The A.V. Club interviews Chuck Klosterman about his new essay collection, Eating the Dinosaur.

The Louisville Courier-Journal examines the growing appeal of young adult fiction to adults.

The Guardian's books blog profiles the London Review of Books, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The London Review of Books this week celebrates its 30th birthday – and does so with a fortnightly circulation still steadily rising towards the 50,000 mark. A fact that at once gives hope for the future of criticism and, in its curious anomaly, seems entirely suited to a magazine that has always made a virtue of exceptionalism.

NPR reviews Noir: A Collection of Crime Comics.

Dark Horse Comics has commissioned short stories from several creators behind the current crime comic renaissance, as well as several authors known for their non-genre "indie" work. The result, Noir: A Collection of Crime Comics, is a seamy, exploitative walking tour through man's basest desires. Which is to say, it's a lot of fun.

Drowned in Sound reviews two recently reissued and expanded Bauhaus albums, In the Flat Field and Mask.

The Guardian profiles British indie music label Hyperdub on its fifth anniversary.

The thing DJ, producer, writer and academic Steve Goodman wants you to know about his record label is that it's not really a record label: it's a virus. "That's the way I understand music culture. There's a history of music, particularly dub and reggae, being described as a virus – Hyperdub is a mutation of British electronic music, infected by Jamaican soundsystem culture: from dub and reggae, through jungle, right up to grime, dubstep and funky. It's a way of thinking about how musical change and evolution takes place."

Time interviews Augusten Burroughs about his new book, You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas.

The complete U2 Rose Bowl concert is now on YouTube.

NPR Music shares a streaming Halloween mix.

The California Literary Review profiles singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Michelle Huneven's novel, Blame.

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

NewsHour interviews author Michael Chabon.

NPR lists three "hauntingly unforgettable" houses in literature.

Antville lists the 101 best videos of the decade (2000-2009).

NPR reviews my favorite music reissue of the year, the remastered edition of Betty Davis's Nasty Gal.

Wired's Epicenter blog lists the best ways to share a mixtape online.

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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