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February 27, 2010

Shorties (Joanna Newsom, Dance Psychology, and more)

The Financial Times reviews Joanna Newsom's new album, Have One on Me.

Drowned in Sound shares photos of fans hugging the album.

Psychology Today has a new blog devoted to the psychology behind dancing, Dance Psychology.

Paste previews 10 March album releases worth checking out.

Authorlink profiles author Jami Attenberg.

The New York Times reviews Heidi Durrow's novel, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky.

Durrow moves between Rachel’s perspective and several others as she gradually reveals what happened to the girl’s mother and brothers on that ­Chicago rooftop. But although there’s a plot twist at the end, the novel isn’t driven by suspense. Instead, its energy comes from its vividly realized characters, from how they perceive one another. Durrow has a terrific ear for dialogue, an ability to summon a wealth of hopes and fears in a single line. “How you gonna catch a lizard with your backside loading you down?” asks Grandma as she watches Rachel’s unmarried aunt eat a pancake. “How to learn all these things that might hurt them?” Rachel’s mother writes in her painfully broken English.

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

The Independent defends author Martin Amis's literary status.

Flashlight Worthy lists 10 of the best books set in India.

The Stranger reviews "We Are the World at 25."

Whatever else you can say about the original, it sounded coherent, like one thing. This sounds like a bunch of bad ideas stitched together. Just like the business they're all sinking alongside, it's every performer for him- or herself, and the result is a menagerie of grotesques.

At HTMLGIANT, Michael Kimball interviews Kevin Sampsell.

Two David Foster Wallace links:

The David Foster Wallace Audio Project collects readings of his work, audio interviews, eulogies & remembrances, and staged readings of his work.
The David Foster Wallace Dictionary

Part-Time Music does a statistical analysis of Pitchfork's album ratings over the past year.

Author Tao Lin shares a "calmly emotional" mixtape at Modular People.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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