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November 13, 2010

Shorties (Best Coast, Jonathan Safran Foer, and more)

The Los Angeles Times profiles Best Coast.

Along with Wavves and Girls, Best Coast has invented a new California sound, with "Crazy for You" as its irresistible template. It's surf pop made by a woman with permanent grit in her ratty hair and a soft spot for guys who might be more articulate with a skateboard than their feelings.

Jonathan Safran Foer talks to the Telegraph about his writing career.

Yesterday's update to the list of online "best of 2010" book lists included the Huffington Post's best illustrated children's books, Imagination Soup's best books for kids, Vampire Book Club's best books, and more.

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Adam Levin's novel, The Instructions.

"The Instructions," Adam Levin's riotous, gigantic and disturbing debut novel, is an argument with time, an analysis of delay and of when, and how, one ought to act. Its young characters wait through classes, detentions and childhood; many of them anticipate the Messiah, and the protagonist - 10-year-old Chicagoan Gurion ben-Judah Maccabee - wonders impatiently whether he is himself the Messiah. Levin has filled his pages with modern Poloniuses, masters of digression, and with moments rich in fact and feeling - each of which he spends paragraphs unpacking. All the while, the book claims the reader's time, hours and hours of it. Yet miraculously few of its 1,030 pages, which cover four days in Gurion's life, seem extraneous.

The Guardian interviews Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons.

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews the new book, Saul Bellow: Letters.

In the Guardian, a judge for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize recounts his experience and shares the prize's shortlist.

Weekend Edition reviews and excerpts from the new short story anthology Hint Fiction.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Bruce Springsteen's Working on a Dream album for $3.99.

The Sydney Morning Herald lists the 10 most influential cookbooks.

Dawes visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Boing Boing offers an exclusive excerpt from Charles Burns' new graphic novel, X'ed Out.

The Other Paper interviews Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiburg.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best angels in literature.

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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)
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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