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September 28, 2010

Shorties (School of Seven Bells, Emma Donoghue, and more)

Ben Curtis of School of Seven Bells talks to Spoonfed.

Then again, being mentioned in the same breath as bands like My Bloody Valentine and the Cocteau Twins can't be so bad. "I honestly can't think of two better words I'd like to see together than 'dream' and 'pop'. I'm not sure what that label means to other people, but it sounds really enticing to me," agrees Curtis. "Viewed objectively, I'm really happy with the term used to describe us."

Emma Donoghue talks to All Things Considered about her novel, Room (my personal favorite novel of the year so far). An excerpt from the book is also presented.

Author Jonathan Lethem talks to the Brooklyn Paper about leaving Brooklyn and moving to California.

"You'd be surprised how many of my books — like 'Fortress of Solitude' — are written in exile, in Toronto or hotel lobbies in Germany," Lethem told us. "But you'd have to give me a restraining order to keep me out of Brooklyn."

Pop Wraps streams an unreleased Sleigh Bells song.

DCist interviews Tim Booth about the James reunion.

The Hook interviews Paul de Jong of The Books.

The Atlantic profiles a couple of Amazon's most prolific book reviewers.

At The Story Prize Blog, Steven Amsterdam espouses the value of writing groups.

No Horse Town is an art, music, and writing collective that "every two weeks for three months, one poet, one prose writer, one visual artist, and one musician or band each debuts a new piece."

Jewcy interviews author Lev Grossman.

Deceptive Cadence lists the six saddest classical tunes in the world.

David Sedaris talks to Morning Edition about his new book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary.

Morning Edition interviews Ben Folds and Nick Hornby about their new album, Lonely Avenue (out today).

The New York Daily News reviews the album.

Neal Pollack writes about yoga's healing powers for war veterans at Yoga Journal.

Win copies of two of my favorite novels of the year, Exley by Brock Clarke and Room by Emma Donoghue, in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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