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October 9, 2010

Shorties (Sufjan Stevens, Jonathan Franzen, and more)

Sufjan Stevens talks to the Irish Times about his new album, The Age of Adz (out October 12th).

The Globe and Mail reviews the album.


BBC News interviews Jonathan Franzen about his new novel, Freedom.


The Guardian lists 10 of the best wolves in literature.


theBookseller.com points out the rise of indie literary websites.


The New York Times reviews Kristin Hersh's memoir Rat Girl.

"Rat Girl" is sensitive and emotionally raw, which figures; it's also wildly funny, which didn’t figure at all, since the Muses were never big on humor. Hersh, now a solo artist, has a generous adult affection for her adolescent self.


The Sydney Morning Herald handicaps the field for this year's Booker Prize.

In the Financial Times, Rosie Blau recounts her experience as a judge for the award.


Kindness explores ways to celebrate what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday today.


The Huffington Post profiles CocoRosie.


The Montreal Gazette profiles the city's vibrant comics scene.


Howard Jacobson talks to the Guardian about comic fiction.


GalleyCat lists the best graphic novels for libraries.


In the New York Times, Miguel Syjuco reviews Dinaw Mengestu's powerful new novel, How to Read the Air.


At Slate, a used-book salesman explains his job.


At the Picador blog, author Ben Myers lists his top 10 music books.


Mario Vargas Llosa talks to All Things Considered about winning the Nobel Prize for literature.


The Independent profiles Janelle Monae, "the new queen of pop."


All Things Considered reviews (and excerpts from) John Le Carre's new novel, Our Kind of Traitor.


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


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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