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November 16, 2010

Shorties (Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Sittenfeld, and more)

Fresh Air interviews Bruce Springsteen about his new album of Darkness on the Edge of Town outtakes, The Promise.

Pop & Hiss reviews the album.

The Guardian talks to Curtis Sittenfeld about her novel, The American Wife.

"I think sometimes books are taken a bit less seriously if they have a more female – um, you know what I mean? And," she says, palpably beginning to warm up and calm down, "I think in general, novels by men tend to be taken more seriously than novels by women. But I also think that novels being taken seriously is kind of a nebulous concept. I mean, what does that mean? Getting multiple reviews in the New York Times? Personally, I have never wished I were a male novelist."

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the Observer's best cookbooks, Kirkus Reviews Blog's best teens books, and more.

I posted the list of 2010 year-end online music lists yesterday. The list will be updated daily.

The Russian Futurists' Matthew Adam talks to the National Post about his new album, The Weight's on the Wheels (out today).

The Guardian notes the recent resurrection of the war of words between Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan and Pavement.

Gary Shteyngart talks to the Georgia Straight about his latest novel, Super Sad Love Story.

The Playlist reviews the new documentary about singer-songwriter Leslie Feist, Look at What the Light Did Now.

From its almost Lynchian beginning—filled with seemingly random cuts, out-of-focus shots, flashing lights, and swirling points of color at a live show—it's clear that Feist documentary "Look at What the Light Did Now" won’t be your standard rock doc. Instead, director Anthony Seck's project quickly sets itself apart with an aesthetic that veers between art film and hipster craft fair, a tone that perfectly matches Feist's own music, itself a mixture of polished and smartly produced tracks and earthy, quirky additions. It takes the music documentary standards of touring and recording and combines them with elements that would seem more at home at the Whitney than your average indie rock concert.

The National Post and the Herald review Saul Bellow: Letters.

PopMatters interviews Elf Power frontman Andrew rieger.

Flavorwire lists 10 contemporary books that challenged white, male literary dominance.

Publishers Weekly reviews Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts.

Drowned in Sound interviews bassist Scott Devendorf of the National.

Win the new Pink Martini Christmas album Joy to the World (along with several other holiday CDs (or a $25 Amazon gift certificate) 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)

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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