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August 25, 2010

Shorties (Johnny Marr, Jonathan Franzen, and more)

MOJO interviews guitarist Johnny Marr about his increasing work on film soundtracks.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Jonathan Franzen's new novel, Freedom.

The Boston Phoenix examines recent press accolades given the author.

Time lists the top 10 angry breakup songs.

Exclaim profiles Land of Talk's Elizabeth Powell.

Though not very eager to discuss her own role as a woman in music for fear it overshadows the rest of what informs her, when asked if she feels any obligation to carry that torch, Powell's tone turns meek. "I owe her, yeah. I would want to be that to a girl, or girls. I would like that." You get the feeling that Powell isn't so much the reluctant hero as she is an engaged and influenced product of post-feminism, perpetually in the private, persistent midst of mapping her roles as artist and woman, but also ready for everyone to just get over the gender thing already.

The Atlantic lists 10 "reading revolutions" before e-books.

The Seattle Times interviews Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig.

The National Post lists 10 overrated Canadian authors as well as 10 underrated Canadian authors.

Culture Bully lists the top 50 music videos of the 1990s (that Pitchfork missed).

The Christian Science Monitor lists five books to read after checking the egg recall list.

The Quietus interviews Kristin Hersh.

Exclaim wonders what the demise of American Apparel will mean for band merchandise.

If Covers Could Talk adds commentary to book covers,

Pop & Hiss reports that a Bob Dylan box set of demos and early mono releases will be released later this year.

Salon profiles author Tao Lin.

Time Out New York reviews Lin's new novel, Richard Yates.

At Paste, Aquarium Drunkard's Justin Gage shares a list of the albums he's currently enjoying.

The New Yorker features a new short story by Yiyun Li.

On sale at Amazon MP3: The Love Language's 10-track Libraries album for $2.99

Time interviews legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury.

The Perfect Five is a music blog that recommends five songs (one each of hyped, covered, classic, remixed, and loved).

Rosecrans Baldwin, author of the novel You Lost Me There, shares a music playlist with Paper Cuts.

Win a copy of the Arcade Fire's new album, The Suburbs, as well as the book Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records in this week's LHB contest.

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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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