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November 1, 2010

Shorties (Bruce Springsteen, Gunter Grass, and more)

NPR is streaming tracks from Bruce Springsteen's forthcoming album of outtakes from the Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions, The Promise: The Lost Sessions: Darkness on the Edge of Town. (out November 16th)

Gunter Grass talks to the Guardian about his writing career.

American Songwriter interviews Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth & the Catapult.

Adam Levin talks to Speakeasy about his new novel, The Instructions.

Blog on the Tracks interviews Damon Albarn.

The Word Made Flesh is the blog for the book of literary tattoos of the same name.

Mother Jones profiles singer-songwriter Basia Bulat.

Publishers Weekly interviews Kevin Kelly, author of What Technology Wants, about the intersection of technology and the book business.

Singer-songwriter John Vanderslice discusses his song "I'll Never Live Up to You" and his recent free EP at The Bay Bridged.

The 50 most hated characters in literary history.

The Smiths: Extra Track (and a tacky badge) is a remaster project of Smiths singles where "all tracks were taken from the best/earliest possible sources to avoid modern mastering techniques which crush the dynamics."

At Five Books, author Scott Turow lists his favorite legal novels.

Slicing Up Eyeballs reports that Paul Westerberg has released 3 new songs under the moniker of Mr. F in a 7-inch vinyl/digital combo.

Drowned in Sound shares a 10-step guide to making a mixtape.

At KQED's The Writers' Block, Doug Dorst reads the title story from his collection The Surf Guru.

Win a copy of the Dead Snow DVD and S.G. Browne's novel Breathers: A Zombie's Lament in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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