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August 6, 2010

Shorties (Ariel Pink, Jennifer Egan, and more)

OC Weekly profiles Ariel Pink.

More Intelligent Life interviews Jennifer Egan about her latest novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Rock Candy interviews Laurent 'Branco' Brancowitz of Phoenix.

io9 lists 10 science fiction authors who became fictional characters.

The A.V. Club interviews Dean Wareham.

AVC: In August, you’re touring the Galaxie 500 catalogue, playing the songs with your band.

DW: We did this in Spain in January at a little festival. The guy said, "Why don't you do a Dean & Britta set one night and a Galaxie 500 set the next night?" We did it, and our drummer, who has a jazz background, was playing that stuff really well. Damon was always interested in jazz drummers, too. It was fun. I just thought, with the records being 20 years old and them all being re-released, it seems like a good time to do it, while I can still hit the high notes.

The Brooklyn Paper profiles Brooklyn's best comic book stores.

Artistdirect lists the best albums of 2010 so far.

The Independent examines the success Stieg Larsson brought a small UK publishing house.

Paste offers a guide to this weekend's Lollapalooza music festival.

OEDb lists 50 fabulous food novels.

Click Track asks the question, "Which pop star's autobiography would you most like to read?"

Fast Company interviews musician and music blogger Dave Allen.

Flavorwire lists literature's best-dressed characters.

Marissa Nadler is selling a covers album on her Etsy page to help finance her forthcoming album.

Fresh Air interviews David Mitchell about his new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

The Mountain Goats have signed to Merge Records, as has the John Darnielle and Franklin Bruno project Extra Lens (formerly The Extra Glenns).

GOOD charts a loose affiliation of literary geniuses.

Singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose offers a track-by-track analysis of her new album, Own Side Now, at Drowned in Sound.

The New Statesman interviews Tom McCarthy about his new novel, C.

The Record examines the new trend of remastering albums relatively quickly after their initial release.

The Guardian offers excerpts from all the books shortlisted for the 2010 Booker Prize.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and the Eclipse Series 23: The First Films of Akira Kurosawa box set from the Criterion Collection in this week's Largehearted Boy 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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