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October 28, 2010

Shorties (The Magnetic Fields Documentary, Jonathan Lethem and more)

The New York Press and Slate review the documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields.

Vulture interviews author Jonathan Lethem about his move to California.

The Telegraph profiles singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins, "the inventor of indie."

PBS Newshour interviews W.S. Merwin about becoming the new U.S. poet laureate.

Mojo lists the top 10 covers of Bob Dylan songs.

The Globe and Mail offers an excerpt from Stephen Sondheim's new book, Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes.

Wayward Blog lists 10 "legitimately scary rock songs that are not Halloween-themed."

KCRW's Bookworm interviews Monique Truong today about her new novel, Bitter in the Mouth.

Malibu Magazine offers excerpts from interviews with Charles Bukowski. (via)

PopMatters offers an excerpt from Alex Ross's new book, Listen to This.

The 2010 Whiting Writers' Awards have been named. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Elif Batuman and Lydia Peelle.

Singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler has started a Kickstarter campaign to record her next album.

Esquire interviews Philip Roth about his writing career and new novel, Nemesis.

Comics writer Van Jensen lists his favorite horror comics and movies at Robot 6.

FACT lists the 20 best EBM & industrial music albums.

Historian Joseph Ellis talks to Talk of the Nation about his new book, First Family: Abigail and John Adams. An excerpt is also presented.

Sound on the Sound shares A Mixtape for Pablo Escobar.

NPR reviews (and excerpts from) Myla Goldberg's new novel, A False Friend.

The Bay Bridged shares a Bay Area electronic pop mixtape.

Win 14 graphic novels from Top Shelf Comix 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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