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November 23, 2010

Shorties (PJ Harvey, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, and more)

NME reports that PJ Harvey will release her next album on Valentine's Day.

The Hollywood Reporter reviews the documentary, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the Telegraph's pop music books of the year, Strategy + Business's business books of the year (eight lists) and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Gorilla vs. Bear's top music videos of the year and more.

WBUR talks to Jay Parini about his new novel, The Passages of H.M., an account of the life of Herman Melville through the eyes of his wife.

The Guardian Books Blog examines the literary history of Tangier.

NME shares its "dream Pulp playlist" for the band's 2011 reunion tour.

The Oklahoma Daily interviews Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin guitarist Will Knauer.

The Quietus interviews science fiction author Michael Moorcock.

Stream all 20 episodes of Joe Strummer's BBC radio program, "London Calling." (via)

Time interviews Fran Lebowitz about her new documentary, Public Speaking.

Are you not working on anything at the moment?

Well, I have two half-finished books. One is a half-finished novel that I say I made an original contract for in 1981. Then I have a half-finished other book, nonfiction, the purpose of which was originally to get me just to write a book. I think that is probably five years late. I did try to sell my truly indulgent publisher on the idea that I have two half-finished books. We could just take the done half of the novel and then half the other book — then I have a book.

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At Aquarium Drunkard, Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers recounts his first experience with Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town album.

The New York Times profiles the recently opened Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis.

The Los Angeles Times examines Encino's fight to save its local Barnes & Noble bookstore.

On sale for $1.99 at Amazon MP3:

Gorillaz' Plastic Beach album
Belle and Sebastian's Write About Love album
KT Tunstall's Tiger Suit album

At NPR Music, singer-songwriter Olof Arnalds plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

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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