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July 11, 2010

Shorties (Harper Lee, Laurie Anderson, and more)

In the Los Angeles Times, Kerry Madden, author of Harper Lee (Up Close), talks about writing the southern author's biography.

Laurie Anderson talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer about her new album, Homeland.

Former Stone Roses member John Squires talks to the Scotsman about his art.

Oscar Hijuelos talks to the Edmonton Journal about his new novel, Beautiful Maria of My Soul.

M. Ward shares his musical influences with the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The Guardian shares original poems inspired by soccer's World Cup.

The Boston Globe profiles Delorean.

Delorean, as in the Spanish band that culled its name from that classic 1980s movie, takes a similarly time-warped approach to its euphoric dance rock. The songs are thoroughly modern while also reaching back to the heyday of Balearic beat, the electronic dance music that gave European clubs — and specifically the Mediterranean resort island of Ibiza — their soundtrack in the early ’90s.

Weekend Edition interviews Sloane Crosley about her second essay collection, How Did You Get This Number.

URB lists the best albums of 2010 so far.

The Telegraph reviews the new Bret Easton Ellis novel, Imperial Bedrooms.

Lunar Park read like a softer version of American Psycho; Imperial Bedrooms goes the other way. Less Than Zero had its extreme moments, but they were buried in the narrative and seemed to be there mainly to give the otherwise lightly plotted novel a sense of structure; from the very beginning it’s clear that Imperial Bedrooms is going to come to a nasty conclusion. Although American Psycho will always be Ellis’s most graphic novel, Imperial Bedrooms is in many ways even more disturbing. American Psycho, Ellis always claimed, had a moral and satirical intent; Imperial Bedrooms is nothing but nihilism (not a criticism).

Win the 50th anniversary edition of Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird and a DVD of the film in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

The New York Times profiles one writer who hand sells his books on the city's trains.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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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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