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August 14, 2010

Shorties (Beach Fossils, Obama's Reading List, and more)

The Boston Globe profiles Beach Fossils.

To be fair, it's easy to see how you could get the wrong idea about Beach Fossils. On a cursory listen, the Brooklyn trio's self-titled new debut skirts the line between melancholy and joy, at once warm in its lyrical nostalgia and chilly in its lo-fi production values (think lots of reverb and deadpan singing).

Book Beast pulls together a list of President Barack Obama's recent reading.

Chicagoist reviews singer-songwriter Bill Callahan's novel, Letters to Emma Bowlcut.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best wicked uncles in literature.

The Globe and Mail reviews Gary Shteyngart's novel, Super Sad Love Story.

By slightly exaggerating and exacerbating the symptoms of our anxious, frenetic and insecure times, Shteyngart creates a frightening world, where problems of connecting, despite technology, exist more than ever. Super Sad True Love Story is a smart, funny and – it is true – sad satire that leaves one worried for the future.

All Shook Down shares its aversion to the upcoming Elliott Smith greatest hits album.

Salon explores the "feminist trailblazer" comic strip character, Cathy.

Rocks Off lists five musical artists who are the offspring of famous actors.

Flavorwire lists contemporary literature's most memorable moms.

Paste lists the 50 best fictional bands.

The Guardian offers its summer fiction special, which features new short stories by Hilary Mantel, Roddy Doyle, David Mitchell, and others.

At Proskynesis, download mp3s of a 1989 My Bloody Valentine show.

Help fund The Atomic Book Company's reprinting of Julia Wertz's Fart Party comic.

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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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