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February 5, 2011

Shorties (Adele, the Japan of Haruki Murakami, and more)

WXPN shares a live performance by singer-songwriter Adele.

The Independent visits the Japan of author Haruki Murakami.

The Atlantic examines Eddie Van Halen's patented guitar support system in its "Patents of the Rich and Famous" series.

Rocks Off lists 10 uncool musical artists primed for hipster rediscovery.

The Wall Street Journal reviews two new volumes of Elizabeth Bishop's work, Poems and Prose.

Carrie Brownstein talks to Click Track about her new comedy series, Portlandia.

The Telegraph profiles the Drive-By Truckers.

UGO lists the 50 worst band photos ever.

Virtual Music shares a 2010 music website heatmap.

The National Post reviews Adrian Tomine's new graphic novel, Scenes from an Impending Marriage.

At The Quietus, Guy Garvey explains the inspiration behind the new Elbow album, Build a Rocket Boys! (out March 15th).

Isak interviews author Grace Dane Mazur.

Flavorwire lists 97 things you didn't know about William S. Burroughs.

The Spectator Book Club responds to the Guardian's recent essay on the death of literary criticism.

On sale for $1.99 at Amazon MP3: The Avett Brothers The Gleam EP.

The city of Baltimore cuts off funding for the Edgar Allan Poe House.

Savannah Stopover is a new indie music festival scheduled for March 9-12.

Larry VanderLeest talks to Weekend Edition about his memoir, Garbio: Stories of Chicago, Its Garbage, and the Dutchmen Who Picked It Up.

Sunday's update (the final one of the year) to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included I Guess I'm Floating's best songs, Stereogum's most overlooked albums, WFMU DJs' top albums, and much more.

Last Thursday's final update to the online "best books of 2010" lists included The Utne Reader's books of the year,'s best poetry books, the PopMatters' best fiction and nonfiction books, and more.

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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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