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June 8, 2010

Shorties (Owen Pallett Covers Guided By Voices, Jane Smiley, and more)

Owen Pallett covers Guided By Voices' "Game of Pricks" as part of the A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.


The Globe and Mail profiles author Jane Smiley.

After a baker’s dozen of novels, Smiley naturally has her own views. “A novel is a tomato, not a diamond,” she declares. Cheap, easily consumable, potentially wholesome, but never precious. “It can be totally delicious, but it’s a tomato.”


The Wall Street Journal examines how psychiatry professors use characters in young adult fiction as a teaching tool.


The Telegraph profiles a book publisher that sells short stories on vinyl albums.

Nathan Dunne is either a very brave or a very stupid young man. At a time when a) the MP3 has supplanted the CD as the most popular format on which to listen to recorded sounds; b) literature as a physical artefact is coming under attack from the rise of iPads, Kindles and other digital reading devices; and c) the short story is as tricky to sell to publishing houses as it has ever been, Dunne has set up a new imprint called Underwood, whose remit is to produce 33rpm vinyl records featuring writers reading 20-minute short stories aloud. “Candidly, it’s an experiment,” he admits.


Talk of the Nation interviews Blake Leyh, music supervisor of David Simon's new television series, Treme.


Real Men Don't Write Blogs offers suggestions to make classic rock lyrics politically correct.


Time Out Chicago examines the Twin Cities-centric lyrics on the latest Hold Steady album, Heaven Is Whenever.


Dan Clowes talks to the Chicago Tribune about his new graphic novel, Wilson.


Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons writes the obituary of Kazuo Ohno, the butoh dancer featured on the cover of his The Crying Light album.


Filmcritic.com lists five comic book westerns that should be adapted to the big screen.


On sale at Amazon MP3:

Deer Tick's new 11-track The Black Dirt Sessions album for $3.99.
David Bowie's classic 9-track The Man Who Sold the World album for $3.68


Buzzsugar lists 15 books to read this summer that are being adapted into movies or television shows.


Drowned in Sound interviews Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic about the band's new album, Pigeons (out today).


The Boston Herald explores the stigma of self-publishing.


WXPN is streaming a live performance by the National.


NPR continues to recommend summer reading with historical fiction and cookbook choices.

The Los Angeles Times also shares summer reading suggestions.


Mashable is sharing a streaming playlist of songs featured in presentations at Apple's WWDC 2010 event.


Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and a case of Sweet Leaf Tea in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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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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