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August 12, 2010

Shorties (Carl Barat, Jonathan Franzen, and more)

NME reports that former Libertines member Carl Barat has announced release dates for his solo album (October 4th) and book, Threepenny Memoir (out September 30th).

Time profiles author Jonathan Franzen.

Singer-songwriter A.A. Bondy questions his folk label with the Dallas Observer.

The Atlantic profiles Sean Moeller, founder of Daytrotter.

Merge Records co-founder Laura Ballance talks to Pop & Hiss about the Arcade Fire's #1 album, The Suburbs.

The Advocate interviews Wilco bassist John Stirratt.

The Huffington Post interviews Justin Cronin, author of the bestseller The Passage.

Seattle Weekly interviews Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn.

The New Statesman interviews David Mitchell about his latest novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

Bookworm interviews Mitchell today.

Geek Out explains how the iPad boosts the appeal of digital comics (the ability to read comics digitally definitely affected my choice to pick up an iPad over other e-readers).

At Nerve, Pop Candy's Whitney Matheson recommends five albums you should be listening to right now.

Heidi Durrow shares five books to help you escape at NPR.

Sky Larkin's Katie Harkin offers a track-by-track breakdown of the band's new album Kaleide at Drowned in Sound.

Author Gary Shteyngart talks vodka with Esquire.

Omnivoracious also interviews Shteyngart.

Flavorwire explores the etymology of 10 musical genre names.

Author Steve Stern shares a music playlist at Paper Cuts.

All Things Considered talks to Rosanne Cash about her new memoir, Composed.

The Denver Westword interviews Blitzen Trapper's Eric Early.

Rosecrans Baldwin's debut novel, You Lost Me There is out today, read his writing diary at The Millions.

Win a copy of Scott Pilgrim Volume 6 and a $100 Threadless gift certificate 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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