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January 27, 2011

Shorties (Patti Smith's Detective Novel, Fight Club: The Musical, and more)

The Guardian reports that Patti Smith is currently writing a detective novel.

Fight Club: The Musical.

The Prague Post profiles Sleigh Bells.

Treats couldn't be more apt a name for Sleigh Bells' album, with the pair serving up 11 short, sweet missives laced with just the right amount of dissonance. Songs like "Kids" and "Rill Rill" - the latter featuring a particularly well-placed Funkadelic sample - are endearing in their lo-fi crackle, while more abrasive numbers, such as live favorites "Crown on the Ground" and "Straight A's," trade in unashamed discordance. Together, they form a package that's a genuine guilty pleasure.

Today KCRW's Bookworm interviews author T.C. Boyle.

PopMatters interviews Mark Olson about the Jayhawks reunion.

Midnight Sun interviews Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael about songwriting.

RIP, Charlie Louvin.

Three Percentas announced the fiction longlist for its 2011 Best Translated Book Awards.

Jacket Mechanical is a blog devoted to book covers.

The Millions reviews my favorite novel of last year, Adam Levin's The Instructions.

Singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins discusses books at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

The Literarian interviews author Yiyun Li.

BBC News reports that Tori Amos has written a musical.

Tablet interviews Nathacha Appanah about her new novel, The Last Brother.

How did you first come upon the material of the Jewish World War II refugees in Mauritius, and when did you know you wanted to write about it?

Actually, I came across it quite randomly. I had a friend who told me about this history while I was still in my twenties, and I was completely shocked. I was born and raised in a country that remained extremely innocent about the Second World War. At the time I found about this episode, I was already living in France, and the legacies of the two World Wars were very prevalent all around me. In France, there are memorials everywhere—sometimes you walk down a street and you suddenly see flowers and notes to someone killed in the Second World War. I was very moved by that. Here I was used to thinking that I was from a country that was far removed from all that, and then I learned about this history and was shocked.

On Fresh Air, Stephanie Coontz discusses her new book, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s.

The most recent update to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the A.V. Clubs best books, Blake Butler's favorite books, the Village Voice's best comics and graphic novels, and more.

The most recent update to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included two album lists from Donewaiting, NYCTaper's best concerts, and much more.

My own "best of 2010" book & music lists:

favorite albums of 2010
favorite graphic novels
favorite nonfiction books
favorite novels of 2010
favorite short story collections

Coming later this month: my favorite free and legal mp3 downloads and favorite debut novels of the year.

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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
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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