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October 7, 2010

Shorties (Sleater-Kinney, Mario Vargas Llosa, and more)

Seattle Weekly offers an incomplete history of Sleater-Kinney's indefinite hiatus.

Mario Vargas Llosa has won the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature.

BBC News profiles the Peruvian author.

All Tech Considered examines the revival of selling music on cassette tapes.

The shortlist for the 2010 Wellcome Trust Prize (featuring books that bring together literature and medicine) has been announced.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews author Rick Moody today.

Variety examines the trend of musicians scoring silent films.

While Giorgio Moroder may have laid the foundation for rock musicians tackling deep-archival film scores with his 1984 "Metropolis" composition, it was Yo La Tengo that set the contemporary standard. Recruited in 2002 by Doug Jones, then a programmer at the San Francisco Film Festival, the trio composed a score for the underwater documentaries of Jean Painleve. A wild success, the score was later taken on tour, and a Criterion Collection DVD of the perf followed.

October is NaGraNoWriMo (National Graphic Novel Writing Month).

The New York Times reviews one of the year's most interesting biographies (to me, at least), Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food.

Newsarama interviews cartoonist Sarah Glidden about her new graphic novel, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less.

Tom Tom Club plays a tiny desk concert at NPR Music.

Drowned in Sound interviews No Age.

When It Drops is an online reference to track release dates of movies, music, DVDs, games, and books.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the books of David Sedaris.

Morning Edition shares several books for armchair travelers.

Carrie Brownstein shares her final blog post at Monitor Mix.

Win my 30GB generation 5.5 iPod 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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