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November 22, 2010

Shorties (Harry Potter Mixtape, Jonathan Safran Foer, and more)

The College Reporter shares a "Harry Potter mixtape."


Jonathan Safran Foer talks to New York Magazine about his current book, Tree of Codes, as well as his future projects.

All that said, Foer predicts the novel he’s now working on—after a few years off raising two kids with novelist Nicole Krauss and writing the nonfiction Eating Animals—will have no such bells and whistles. But it will be even more aggressively tragicomic, full of "emotional dissonance" as hilarious and terrible things happen at once. "I feel like I'm taking bigger risks," he says. "They're just not formalistic risks." As for the more distant future, all bets are off: "Life is long, and I want to try a lot of different things."


Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the Columbus Dispatch's children's books of the year (13 lists) and more.


Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best boxed sets and more.


Jim Reid of Jesus and Mary Chain talks to the Quietus about the band's career.


Pitchfork has posted its yearly gift guide.


The Boulder Daily Camera interviews Alaina Moore of Tennis about the band's sound.

Q: How would you describe a typical Tennis song?

A: Lyrically, the songs are pretty narrative and they document our travels. They're a pretty chronological account of the memories of our trip. We sing about falling in love, sailing away and ending the trip in Baltimore. They really tell the whole story of our travels.

Sonically, we didn't want to duplicate anybody, but we borrowed things stylistically. We use vintage guitar tones and we borrow some elements from the past, but we do it in a contemporary way.

We describe it as poppy, but some people call it lo-fi pop.


Drowned in Sound is featuring 10 overlooked albums of the year.


The Globe and Mail reviews Ira B. Nadel's new book, Leon Uris: Life of a Best Seller.


Dangerous Minds shares streaming links to the 1995 documentary Rock and Roll Punk, which examines punk rock and the punk/reggae connection. (via)


The New Haven Register shares a streaming playlist of Connecticaut bands to be thankful for.


The Asahi Shimbun notes the slow embrace of Japanese authors and e-books.Murakami recently released an e-book version of his novel "Utau kujira" (Singing whale) that included music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, of Yellow Magic Orchestra fame, as well as video images. It proved so popular that it has been downloaded more than 10,000 times.

(Ryu) Murakami recently released an e-book version of his novel "Utau kujira" (Singing whale) that included music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, of Yellow Magic Orchestra fame, as well as video images. It proved so popular that it has been downloaded more than 10,000 times.


Allan Metcalf talks to All Things Considered about his book, OK: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word


Craig Finn of the Hold Steady talks songwriting with Prefix.


The top 50 sci-fi novels for kids & young adults.


Flavorwire shares a Thanksgiving music playlist.


The Globe and Mail profiles author Gary Shteyngart.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Kanye West's new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.


Five Chapters is serializing a new short story this week fro the forthcoming retrospective Long, Last, Happy: New and Collected Stories.


The Guardian gathers reactions from writers Philip Pullman, Kate Mosse and Will Self about proposed cuts to British libraries.


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
Online "Best Music 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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