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March 2, 2010

Shorties (Don DeLillo, Broken Bells, and more)

The Guardian Books Blog profiles author Don DeLillo.


NPR is streaming the new Broken Bells album, Broken Bells (a collaboration between the Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse).


The Atlantic predicts the death of the iPod.


Authors shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction talk to The National newspaper about their writing careers.


The New Zealand Herald reviews the first 2010 Pavement reunion show. Spinner shares the setlist.

It was a show of many magic moments, whether it was the best tennis-inspired indie rock song ever (Stop Breathing) or the tsunami guitar surge beneath Grounded, or the countrified Range Life with its lyrical skewering of some of those aforementioned "important" bands of the Lollapalooza era ("it's not a protest song," pleaded Malkmus). Altogether, that made for one happy reunion of band and fans and oddly enduring songs.


The Arizona Republic profiles singer-songwriter David Bazan.


The Guardian lists the top 10 jobs of fictional characters in literature.


Backbeat Online lists the top 5 blogs by bands.


The Guardian examines the new multimedia graphic novel version of Macbeth.

He visualises teachers using the interactive graphic novel (which comes in three versions: the original Shakespearean text, a contemporary rendering, and a quick, reduced version for younger viewers) on the whiteboard for a whole class. Alternatively groups of students might discuss the novel around a computer. Readers can choose to view one panel at a time or sit back and watch in "movie mode", with context notes provided explaining the Shakespearean language.


NPR's All Things Considered lists great airplane reads.


Drowned in Sound interviews Olof Dreijer of The Knife.


NPR interviews author Tash Aw, and excerpts from his new novel, Map of the Invisible World.


Phantogram visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


Win poetry books by Ryan Adams and Silver Jews frontman David Berman 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:

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
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)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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