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March 25, 2010

Shorties (Joanna Newsom, Music Review Cliche Bingo, and more)

NPR is streaming last night's Joanna Newsom Washington performance.


Flavorwire offers "music review cliche" bingo cards.


Singer-songwriter Tift Merritt talks to the Fayetteville Observer about her North Carolina roots.


The Telegraph interviews Lionel Shriver about her new novel, So Much for That.


Flavorwire offers "music review cliche" bingo cards.


Speakeasy lists eight bands you may have missed from SXSW 2010.


Kirk Farber discusses his debut novel, Postcards from a Dead Girl, with the Colorado Springs Independent.

Indy: You were a musician before you became a novelist. Which of those careers would you say is more lucrative?

KF: More lucrative? [Laughs.] Probably the writing, although it's not tremendously lucrative at this point. We played a lot of shows for very little money when I was playing music. But yeah, neither one is like a millionaire lifestyle, unless you sell a million records or a million books.


The Detroit Free Press interviews Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara.


The Guardian lists the top 10 books about the Spanish Inquisition.


BBC News profiles Iran's underground rock scene.


The longlist for the 2010 British Fantasy Awards has been announced.


Philadelphia Weekly explores the city's burgeoning neo-folk music scene.


Broken Social Scene is streaming two songs from its forthcoming Forgiveness Rock Record album (out May 4th) on the band's website.


The Washington Post reviews James Hynes' excellent novel, Next.

With his weird and wicked academic satires -- "Publish and Perish," "The Lecturer's Tale" -- James Hynes captured the fetid anxiety of university life, but now he's graduated to the pervasive fear that defines our age. In the very first sentence of this new novel, Kevin Quinn works himself into a panic by imagining a Stinger missile hitting his plane as he lands in Austin. "Am I the only one who worries about stuff like this?" Kevin wonders. "Or does everybody, these days?" That missile doesn't strike, of course -- it's just nerves -- but what follows is the most original and poignant story I've read about living under the shadow of random acts of terror.


In this week's LHB contest, I am giving away the two books I judged in the first round of The Morning News Tournament of Books, Hilary Mantel's novel Wolf Hall and the graphic novel Logicomix, as well as a $100 Threadless gift certificate.


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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)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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