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September 10, 2010

Shorties (Joanna Newsom, William Gibson, and more)

The Irish Times profiles singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom.

Underwire interviews William Gibson about his new novel, Zero History.

The Washington Post profiles Telekinesis lead singer Michael Benjamin.

Lerner, 24, is Telekinesis, which he started in 2007. He writes fun rock-pop gems that highlight a fuzzy guitar sound, layered vocals, stream-of-consciousness lyrics and purposely unpolished production. (NPR's Carrie Brownstein called his song "Dirty Tricks" "a catchy number full of serpentine riffs and sauce-pot lyrics, with fuzz gathering on the song like moss on a rolling stone.")

The Huffington Post lists its eight favorite fictional Jewish characters in books.

PopMatters examines the style and relevance of Pitchfork album reviews.

The A.V. Club interviews author James Ellroy.

Brooklyn (the borough) interviews author Kate Christensen.

The Huffington Post excerpts from one of the year's finest graphic novels, Cuba: My Revolution.

Time interviews Yoko Ono.

Fresh Air interviews Jonathan Franzen about his new novel, Freedom.

IGN has news of the forthcoming Spider-Man Broadway musical.

On sale for $2.99 at Amazon: Ryan Adams' 15-track Heartbreaker album.

The Rumpus Book Club interviews Tao Lin about his new novel, Richard Yates.

Drowned in Sound interviews Okkervil River's Will Sheff.

In a Guardian podcast, Tom McCarthy reads from and talks about his novel C.

Bookforum reviews the book.

Win a copy of Dante's Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation 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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