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November 15, 2010

Shorties (Sharon Van Etten, Jay McInerney on Joy Division, and more)

Sharon Van Etten plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Vanity Fair excerpts Jay McInerney's forward from Kevin Cummins' new book, Joy Division.

The Los Angeles Times profiles a Jordanian bookstore that specializes in forbidden books.

Storychord, one of my favorite blogs, brings together artist Melanie Plummer, singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe, and writer Tommy Dakar to create a unique online art presentation.

The Spectator has launched a book blog.

Politico Click interviews political strategist and indie music blogger Howard Wolfson.

The Telegraph reviews the new book, Saul Bellow: Letters.

On Point Radio interviews the editor of the book.

NME reports that former Pil and Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon will place 100 "golden tickets" in his new book of photographs, Mr Rotten's Scrapbook, each redeemable for a 10-minute webcam interview.

The longlist for the 2011 International Impac Dublin Literary Award has been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Ron Currie, Jr., Michelle Huneven, and Peter Murphy.

Flavorwire collects a list of terms used by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. in his fiction.

The New Yorker features a new short story by E.L. Doctorow.

Vanity Fair interviews Jonathan Safran Foer about his latest book, Tree of Codes.

Heather Wagner: Tell me about Tree of Codes: how did the idea of cutting out words from an existing novel come to you?

Jonathan Safran Foer: A couple of things: One is the book The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz. It's a book I've always loved. Some things you love passively, some you love actively. In this case, I felt the compulsion to do something with it. Then I started thinking about what books look like, what they will look like, how the form of the book is changing very quickly. If we don’t give it a lot of thought, it won’t be for the better. There is an alternative to e-books. And I just love the physicality of books. I love breaking the spine, smelling the pages, taking it into the bath. . .

Tablet reviews Nicole Krauss's new novel, Great House.

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.

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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)
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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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