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August 10, 2010

Shorties (Weezer, Rob Sheffield, and more)

Pop & Hiss interviews Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo about the band's new album, Hurley.

You wrote a song with Ryan Adams, another iconoclastic master of the pop hook, for this record. What was it like collaborating with him?

It was super fun working with Ryan. He has a lot of crazy energy and enthusiasm. I showed him a few ideas I had, and he said, "Great, let's go in the studio and jam it out right now." So I got on the drums and he got on the guitar, and we just jammed out the ideas for half an hour. And at the end of that, we pretty much had the song that you hear on the record.

The Boston Globe interviews Rob Sheffield about his new book, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut.

The Boston Herald profiles singer-songwriter Tracy Bonham.

Half Deserted Streets interviews Rachel Shukert about her new memoir, Everything Is Going to Be Great.

The Los Angeles Times reviews the book.

Clash profiles Au Revoir Simone.

At Booksquare, author Gina Frangello discusses her career in indie publishing.

The Wall Street Journal lists the five best books on American Statesmanship.

Paste lists literature's greatest jerks.

The Free Music Archive now shares 23,762 free and legal mp3s from a variety of genres for streaming and/or downloading.

Slate reads The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with modern psychological insight.

PopMatters interviews actress and comedian Margaret Cho about her forthcoming music album.

The Millions has created a collaborative Google Maps atlas of book stores and literary places.

As part of the A.V. Club's Undercover series, the Swell Season covers Neutral Milk Hotel's "Two Headed Boy."

The Nervous Breakdown excerpts from David Bajo's new novel, Panopticon.

The National visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch explores options for self-publishing books.

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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