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October 10, 2010

Shorties (John Lennon's FBI Files, Saul Bellow's Letters, and more)

Fresh Air talks to historian Jon Wiener about John Lennon's FBI files.

Saul Bellow's widow talks to the Guardian about the author's life and letters (Saul Bellow: Letters will be published on November 4th).

Mental Floss lists the early (not-so-literary) jobs of 10 famous authors.

According to the Tokyo Reporter, Japan's last vinyl factory has developed a proficiency exam for vinyl music lovers.

The Washington Times lists the musical preferences of select US presidents.

The New York Daily News lists 10 songs that should be on your iPod.

Nicole Krauss talks to the Minneapolis Star Tribune about her new novel, Great House.

The Observer profiles Annie Lennox.

Words like "maverick", "bold" and "brave" were often used to describe Lennox's musical career, which was full of unorthodox moves and statements, but the nomination owes more to her work as a humanitarian campaigner, particularly in relation to Sing, the charity she set up to raise funds for and awareness of the prevention of HIV and Aids in South Africa, which has one of the world's highest rates of HIV prevalence.

At the Globe and Mail, author Douglas Coupland shares "a radical pessimist's guide to the next 10 years."

Theme Time Radio Hour Archive is an unofficial archive of Bob Dylan's XM Radio show of the same name.

Lifehacker lists 10 DIY projects that enhance your music listening experience.

The Independent lists England's 50 best bookshops.

Win a copy of David Sedaris's new book Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Weekend Edition talks to writer David Sheff about the three weeks he spent interviewing John Lennon in 1980.

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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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