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November 18, 2010

Shorties (Girl Talk, Nick Hornby, and more)

Spin interviews Girl Talk's Greg Gillis.

All Day Samples breaks down all the samples used on the new Girl Talk album, All Day.

The Guardian profiles Nick Hornby's Ministry of Stories project to get Britain's kids writing again.

The Telegraph also profiles Hornby.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included Kirkus reviews' teen and children's lists as well as lists from Amazon UK and much more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included the New York Times' favorite boxed sets,'s favorite alternative albums, and more.

In the Independent, Lionel Shriver explores the gender divide in literature.

The Harvard Crimson interviews David Sedaris about his new book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary.

Warren Ellis talks to Crib Notes about playing in Grinderman.

Tucson Weekly shares a "diverse, indie-centric literary gift guide for the entire range of readers among your friends and family."

The Montreal Mirror profiles Braids.

"That Brooklyn band has spawned many copyists, but few, if any, possess the power of Standell-Preston's voice, which ranges from the coo of a Disney princess to the scream of a behemoth banshee. Then there are Braids' meta-melodies, textured flutters and undulations, clever, furtive rhythms and delicate, detailed segues, taking the subtlest of cues from contemporary classi­cal, electronic, jazz, pop and world music. It's a modern sound that promises to become timeless."

Author Dana Jennings shares a music playlist with Paper Cuts.

Maria Taylor talks to Click Track about the Azure Ray reunion.

NPR lists three books "to help adults believe again."

FasterLouder interviews Local Natives frontman Taylor Rice.

Pitchfork has video of the Mountain Goats performing a new song.

The Mark Twain Project "applies innovative technology to more than four decades' worth of archival research by expert editors at the Mark Twain Project. It offers unfettered, intuitive access to reliable texts, accurate and exhaustive notes, and the most recently discovered letters and documents."


Singer-songwriter Adele visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Boston Phoenix interviews Mad magazine cartoonist Al Jaffee.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Duffy's Rockferry album.

NME lists 100 fab Beatles facts.

Paste lists the 100 best Beatles covers of all time.

Pop & Hiss lists five reasons the Beatles on iTunes isn't all that exciting.

Pitchfork shares its yearly wrapup of grime and dbstep music.

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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