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July 8, 2010

Shorties (Altered Zones, David Mitchell, and more)

Pitchfork launched Altered Zones yesterday, its collaborative blog project covering small-scale DIY music.

Fresh Air reviews and excerpts from David Mitchell's new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

The Georgia Straight interviews Mitchell about the book.

Amazon lists the best albums of 2010 so far.

Fictionaut interviews Marcy Dermansky and excerpts from her new novel, Bad Marie.

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

The Daily Texan interviews Austin Kleon about his book, Newspaper Blackout.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette rounds up recently released urban farming books.

Time examines the causes (and subsequent label leveraging) of album leaks.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews John Waters and Elif Batuman today.

With Ted Leo hinting at retirement from music, Click Track recommends four post-rock and roll careers for the musician.

Flavorwire lists 10 of the best summertime novels.

Digital Noise examines the trend of bands releasing new music on collectible flash drives.

Morning Edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and offers an excerpt from the classic novel.

Gibson interviews Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler.

Le Choix de Mlle Eddie lists 20 online streaming music documentaries.

The Millions interviews comics writer Gene Luen Yang.

The Root examines where your money actually goes when you buy music.

Fast Company gets summer reading suggestions from thinkers, writers, CEOs, and entrepreneurs.

The Guardian is streaming Dark Night of the Soul, the collaborative album by Danger Mouse, Mark Linkous, and David Lynch.

The video trailer for Gary Shteyngart's new novel, Super Sad Love Story, may be the best I have ever seen.

The Guardian lists the top 10 pubs in literature.

The Guardian Books Blog profiles Significant Objects, a website that pairs everyday items with original short stories.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

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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