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January 27, 2010

Shorties (Joanna Newsom, Michael Muhammad Knight, and more)

Stream a song from Joanna Newsom's forthcoming triple album, Have One on Me (out February 23rd).


The New York Times profiles Michael Muhammad Knight, author of the recently published Journey to the End of Islam.

Mr. Knight’s new book, which has gotten a fair amount of attention, especially on National Public Radio, is full of streetwise profanity, side excursions into Islamic history and doctrinal disputes, and a kind of casual, hip erudition. Reading it is often a bit like coming into the middle of a long and impassioned monologue, one replete with Islamic terms and references that won’t be entirely clear to the uninitiated.


Bob Dylan will perform at the White House on February 10th in a live televised event.


Matthew Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces talks to Flagpole.


PopMatters explores the world of LGBT comics.


Exclaim! offers a timeline to the musical career of Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt.


Flavorwire collects book suggestions from comedians.


Watch the trailer for the Animal Collective film, ODDSAC.


Time Out Chicago profiles Jami Attenberg and her new novel, The Melting Season.

Though Attenberg admitted that the first draft of The Melting Series was a lot stranger—The Prick included “futuristic plastic surgery” and a group-masturbation-happy cult—she says she’s happy with the way The Melting Season could hit on similar themes in a more recognizable way (“I rewrote the book to save the penile implant,” she jokes). It’s a rich novel, one that begins as a road-trip yarn but then contains enough twists to form a complicated emotional journey.


The Big Issue profiles singer-songwriter Nick Drake.


Reading Copy Book Blog lists the top 10 books written by librarians.


The Scotsman lists the best Scottish bands of the decade.


Supervillain lists its comics of the decade.


On sale at Amazon MP3: Air's 10-track 2004 album Moon Safari for $1.99.


Flavorwire lists 5 great sites for bookish videos.


Music Like Dirt shares its top 200 tracks of 2009.


NPR's All Things Considered profiles Iggy Pop.


Freedarko.com analyzes the book selections of Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson for his players


The All Songs Considered blog contemplates how music will sound in 2510.


In the Globe and Mail, author Catherine McKenzie discusses her use of Twitter to promote her debut novel, Spin.


In a video on the Penguin site, Jonathan Safran Foer discusses his latest book, Eating Animals.


Austin City Limits now features video streams of full episodes.


Win a Threadless + Griffin iPhone case and a $50 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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


also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2009" book lists
online "best of 2009" music lists
Online Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Book Lists
best of the decade (2000-2009) online music 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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