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February 28, 2010

Shorties (Frightened Rabbit, J.D. Salinger, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Frightened Rabbit album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks.

In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, C.C. Smith recounts a decade of correspondence with J.D. Salinger.

At NPR, Maud Newton reviews Brian Dillon's new book The Hypochondriacs. An excerpt from the book is also presented.

The Guardian interviews members of Vampire Weekend about the band's success.

Why does the band's background, and the world you write about, upset some people? We're used to a bit of class war in pop music over here but it's less common in the US.

RB: I think some journalists feel threatened – what we're doing is too close to home. Some of the journalists who've ended up writing about our band – and this is disappointing to say – have a very narrow outlook. And because of that they fundamentally misunderstand us.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reviews Joshua Ferris's latest novel, The Unnamed.

Fear of the sophomore slump haunts writers and expectant readers alike. Heller took 13 years to follow Catch-22 with Something Happened, which, though loved by many, failed to surpass his debut's genius or influence. Hardly three years after his own debut, Ferris has now presented us with his follow-up, The Unnamed, and like Heller's, his second offering both darkens its tone and restricts its scope to the deteriorating life of just one man. Unlike Heller's second offering, however, Ferris' may well outshine his first.

The Times Online reviews Joanna Newsom's new album and gives Have One on Me 5 out of 5 stars.

NPR's Weekend Edition interviews Lightspeed Champion's Devonte Hynes.

Popcrunch lists the 16 best dystopian books of all time.

Win poetry books by Ryan Adams and Silver Jews frontman David Berman in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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