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November 8, 2010

Shorties (Pulp Reunion, Bestselling Politician Writers, and more)

The Guardian reports that Pulp will reunite for live dates in 2011.

The Daily Beast lists the politicians who have sold the most books.

Shearwater has a new instrumental album, Shearwater Is Enron available at Bandcamp.

The band's drummer Thor Harris shares his 21 rules of how to tour in a band or whatever.

Under the Radar interviews A.C. Newman of the New Pornographers.

Publishers Weekly examines the movement of bigger authors to smaller publishing houses.

The midlist is dying. That sentiment has been a mantra in publishing circles for years as agents, authors, and editors have decried that corporate publishing will no longer support the kind of author that was once an industry staple—the moderate success who was a consistent seller, if not a bestseller. With the "big six" demanding bigger sales numbers from all their authors, indie presses, which have long been the province of riskier, harder-to-market literary fiction, are finding that more commercial writers are showing up at their doors, as well as writers with serious accolades and lengthier track records.

i(heart)music has compiled its annual list of the hottest bands in Canada.

Financial Times reviews the new book, Saul Bellow: Letters.

At the Guardian, Tessa Hadley praises novels set in the present day.

NPR is streaming Stereolab's new album, Not Music (out November 16th).

Kate Bernheimer talks to Weekend Edition about the modern fairy tale collection she edited, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.

Win the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World DVD 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)

Online "Best Books of 2010" lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
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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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