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September 2, 2010

Shorties (Stream the New Extra Lens Album, Neal Stephenson, and more)

Merge Records is streaming the new Extra Lens album, Undercard (by John Darnielle and Franklin Bruno, out October 19th)).

Neal Stephenson talks to the New York Times about his new digital book, the serialized The Mongoliad.

Underwire shares a "A Syllabus and Book List for Novice Students of Science Fiction Literature."

Exclaim interviews Jennifer Herrema of Royal Trux about the band's legacy and reissues.

Writers on Process interviews Jessica Francis Kane about writing her new novel, The Report.

The Santa Barbara Independent interviews singer-songwriter Tift Merritt.

As a songwriter you have a great ability to float around a scene and get inside of other characters. Is that something you work for?

Yes, because for me it’s all about point of view. I started out writing short stories, and that’s how I learned that even when you are getting under someone else’s skin and writing from there, you’re still going to put yourself in it somehow. It’s like I find myself by going out of myself.

At Slate, Marisa Meltzer reviews Kristin Hersh's new memoir, Rat Girl.

Kim Deal talks to C-Note about her band, the Breeders.

KCRW's Bookworm today interviews poet Paul Muldoon.

Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice talk to the San Francisco Chronicle about their new album, I'm Having Fun Now.

The Yewknee Summer Mix Series 2010 has finally stopped taking new submissions, but there is a wealth of music over a wide variety of genres to download.

Thought Catalog interviews author Blake Butler about networking in the literary scene.

Apple introduced Ping yesterday, a music social network inside iTunes.

Stereogum lists the 40 best new bands of 2010.

Paste magazine is suspending its print publication.

All Things Considered profiles singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham.

Win all three books in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) 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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