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June 13, 2010

Shorties (New Pornographers, David Mitchell, and more)

Carl Newman of the New Pornographers talks about the band's road to success with the Toronto Star.

The Japan Times reviews David Mitchell's new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

An intense and moving examination of two nations economically attracted yet culturally very different, "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" is a radical reworking of the historical novel. Mitchell's prose is poetic and precise, with some sparkling verbal gems and observations: "A bat passes within a few feet, chased by its own furry turbulence"; "Rain hisses like swinging snakes and gutters gurgle"; and "The snow is scabby and ruckles underfoot."

With the World Cup being played, the Times of India offers a selection of soccer music, as well as a list of sports that need a song.

The Telegraph explains the origins of the title of Haruki Murakami's novel, 1Q84.

The Times Online interviews Bret Easton Ellis about his new novel, Imperial Bedrooms.

Sloane Crosley, whose new book of essays How Did You Get This Number is out next week, lists her literary influences at the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The Jerusalem Post profiles singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart.

Daniel Clowes talks to the Guardian about his new graphic novel, Wilson, as well as screenwriting and writing comics.

"It's not like a job at Microsoft," he says. "You've got to be obsessed. Now there are all these people who are not really comic people doing graphic novels. Well, it's not that easy, actually! I wouldn't pretend to think I could suddenly write a novel. Screenwriting is the closest thing to it, because a comic book is all about dialogue. Even so, I felt like an amateur when I started that."

The Raleigh News & Observer interviews singer-songwriter-author Alina Simone about traveling in Russia.

The Washington Post glowingly reviews Elizabeth Hand's new young adult novel, Illyria.

On sale at Amazon MP3:

the 20-track Reggae Summer compilation (reggae covers of classic rock hits) for $3.99
Green Day's 9-track American Idiot album for $3.99

Booklist lists 2010's top 10 biographies for youth.

NPR and YouTube are streaming live (and taped) performances from the last day of the 2010 Bonnaroo music festival.

ArtsBeat examines the efforts to keep the music festival green.

io9 lists 14 submarines in science fiction.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and a collection of Alabama barbeque sauces in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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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