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July 24, 2010

Shorties (St. Vincent, David Baddiel, and more)

The Calgary Herald profiles St. Vincent's Annie Clark.

The Guardian profiles author and playwright David Baddiel.

West Coast Sound lists 10 bizarre facts about Ace of Base.

ARTISTdirect interviews Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara.

At The Week, journalist Allan Barra lists his favorite books.

Green Shoelace gets musicians' opinions on how the internet has changed the music business from the artists' perspective.

The Free Music Archive now houses 23,128 free and legal mp3 downloads across a variety of musical genres.

The New York Times reviews Joshua Mohr's new novel Termite Parade (one of my eleven favorite books of 2010 so far).

In lesser hands, this would be another in a long line of feel-bad books examining the human underbelly, in which reprehensible characters do reprehensible things until you just want them to get over themselves and grow up. And some readers may feel this way at times — for instance, when Mired has a chance with a Buddhist vegan who’s great in bed, but then finds herself drawn yet again to Derek, who is dancing on broken glass in his own kitchen to purge the termites he imagines are eating his insides. But as Mohr demonstrated in his previous novel, “Some Things That Meant the World to Me,” he has a generous understanding of his characters, whom he describes with an intelligence and sensitivity that pulls you in.

Read Mohr's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist essay for the book.

Zach de la Rocha talks to All Things Considered about The Sound Strike, the musicians' boycott of Arizona he organized.

In the Guardian, Tom McCarthy explores literature's relationship with technology over the years.

Impose lists the 20 reasons you should not be allowed to review records.

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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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