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October 4, 2010

Shorties (Stream the New Belle and Sebastian Album, Alice Munro, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Belle and Sebastian album, Write About Love (out October 12th).

The New Yorker features a new short story by Alice Munro.

At the New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones reviews Pavement's career.

Torontoist interviews Paul Tremblay about his forthcoming story collection, In the Mean Time.

Torontoist: Give us your one-sentence pitch for the new book.

Paul Tremblay: In the Mean Time is dark/weird/lit collection featuring 15 stories of fear and paranoia, stories of apocalypses both societal and personal, and stories of longing and coping.

NME shares the setlist from Guided By Voices Las Vegas performance last night (that closed the Matador at 21 three day celebration).

Creative Loafing Atlanta profiles author Chuck Klosterman.

Though his prose might sound like it, Klosterman does not spend his days lying around on the couch pondering "Saved by the Bell." Answering the phone on an early weekday morning, he explains that he's in the middle of working on a Jonathan Franzen profile for GQ, has just finished a novel that will be published next year, and is busy fielding questions about Simon & Schuster's recent decision to start offering digital downloads of his essays at 99 cents a piece, the same price as a song on iTunes. "I don't want to say that it wasn't my idea, but I can't say that it was my idea," he says. "It came up at a meeting awhile ago and then I forgot about it."

David Sedaris talks to the Washington Post about his new story collection, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary.

Midnight Sun takes offense to Jonathan Franzen's depiction of Washington's 9:30 club in his new novel, Freedom.

The Washington Post recaps September's album releases.

NPR is streaming last night's Tallest Man on Earth concert.

The film rights to Stephen Elliot's memoir The Adderall Diaries have been optioned by James Franco, according to Publisher's Weekly.

Esperanza Spalding plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Express Night Out reviews The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010.

Eggers and his crew have deftly brought together some of the best stateside writing out there, while still managing to be snarky, fresh and irreverent. It never feels stuffy, overly academic or tedious, which can so often be the downside to anthologies such as this.

The A.V. Club lists 15 anti-Morrissey songs.

Flashlight Worthy lists literary giants who also wrote a children's book or two.

The Line of Best Fit interviews Ade of Clinic about the band's new album, Bubblegum.

You are about release your new album Bubblegum which is significantly less sinister than your previous offerings, have you mellowed after six albums together?

We wanted to just make something different. There have always been mellow songs in the past but not over a whole album. We thought it’d be good to make a dinner party record. Some easy listening for a change.

Win my 30GB generation 5.5 iPod 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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