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August 5, 2010

Shorties (Patterson Hood, Dennis Cooper, and more)

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers is keeping a tour diary at Flagpole.

Dennis Cooper lists 15 poems that "helped me stop trying to imitate Rimbaud back in the '70s."

The New York Press offers an excerpt from Rachel Shukert's new essay collection, Everything Is Going to Be Great.

Seattle Weekly interviews Sub Pop art director Jeff Kleinsmith about graphic design in an age of digital music downloads,

Jacket Copy lists 20 classic works of gay literature.

The New York Observer profiles Julia Holmes, author of the novel Meeks.

The Nashville Scene profiles singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.

The Story Prize Blog interviews author Evgenia Citkowitz.

Cincinnati CityBeat interviews singer-songwriter Kim Taylor.

The Millions profiles author David Mitchell.

Stripper's Guide is a blog dedicated to discussing the history of the American newspaper comic strip.

The Portland Mercury profiles singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom.

The David Foster Wallace Audio Project collects mp3 clips of the author reading.

Voting is open in NPR's "Killer Thrillers" book poll.

The Guardian lists the best new bands of 2010.

The Guardian lists its favorite books on sport.

Morning Edition profiles Balkan Beat Box.

Balkan Beat Box describes its sound as "globalized urban mash-ups," with brass bands, wedding organs and a rooster's crow all finding a place in their recordings. Although the three band members were raised far from the Balkans, percussionist Tamir Muskat traces the band's inspiration to a childhood that amounted to musical potpourri.

PopMatters also interviews the band.

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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