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November 3, 2010

Shorties (Weezer, Yiyun Li, and more)

Pitchfork gives the remastered Weezer album Pinkerton a 10.0.

Rivers Cuomo talks to Rolling Stone about the album.

The Bat Segundo Show interviews author Yiyun Li.

Eye Weekly profiles the Morning Benders.

Berkeley, California–bred four-piece band The Morning Benders are the Muhammad Ali of pop-rock: their summery melodies float on leader Christopher Chu's airy vocals like butterflies, but their lyrics sting like bees that've crawled under your sleeve when you weren’t looking.

Creative Review excerpts from Penguin 75: Designers, Authors, Commentary (the Good, the Bad . . .) , a book that explores the genesis of iconic book covers.

The Charleston City Paper profiles Wolf Parade.

At Salon, Laura Miller discusses her displeasure with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Rock Edition interviews Ryan Hahn of Local Natives.

Comic Book Resources interviews Sarah Glidden about her new graphic novel, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less.

Fast Company profiles singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer and her unique approach to the music business.

Palmer says that since early on in her music career, she's loved connecting directly with fans. "I've grown the fan base literally person by person," she says. "I've been saving money plus establishing huge connection with fans by 'twitchiking,' asking for rides to and from airports, etcetera, on Twitter. It works! But you must be fearless and have a fan base you trust. I also borrow practice keyboards from locals instead of renting for my hotel rooms, saving me almost $500 for every city I'm in. I've also been saving money on hotels, for example a $600-per-night hotel suite for a week in San Francisco for $150 by tweeting for suggestions and getting a tweet back from a fan who was a hotel manager. Fans love to help."

Fresh Air reviews (and excerpts from) Dinaw Mengestu's new novel, How to Read the Air.

PopMatters interviews Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin about the new KC Accidental reissues.

The November issue of Bookslut is online, and contains interviews with Ben Greenman, Keith Lee Morris, and much more.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Elvis Costello's new album, National Ransom.

The A.V. Club interviews Amy Sedaris about her new book, Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People.

Tablet interviews Saul Bellow's wife Janis about the new book Saul Bellow: Letters.

At Drowned in Sound, Olafur Arnalds shares a "young composer's guide to dining in Reykjavik."

School Library Journal recommends adult books for teens.

SXSW has named its first round of invited acts for 2011.

In the Los Angeles Times, Kate Bernheimer reviews Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl.

Win a copy of the Dead Snow DVD and S.G. Browne's novel Breathers: A Zombie's Lament 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)

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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