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February 11, 2011

Shorties (Arcade Fire, Non-Fiction for Weirdos, and more)

The Guardian profiles the Arcade Fire.


Geez Pete lists the top 50 essential non-fiction books for weirdos.


Speakeasy interviews Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers about the band's new album, Go-Go Boots (out February 15th).


NPR reviews Adam Schwartz's novel A Stranger on the Planet.

A Stranger on the Planet is charming, even if Schwartz stumbles occasionally — his sex scenes, in particular, can be distracting and almost absurd. And the dialogue of some of Seth's African-American college students at times rings painfully false. But Schwartz's careful, generous prose makes up for it, and his sincerity is genuinely winning. This might not be the best debut novel of the year, but it's original, sensitive and, unlike its hero, it's always, always likable.


The Guardian Games Blog lists five reasons why music video games are dying.


Flavorwire lists "the cutest songs by bandmates who are lovers."


The Guardian lists "the tangled history of pop couples."


Karen Russell talks to All Things Considered about her new novel, Swamplandia.


Vulgar Picture offers the illustrated discography of the Smiths and Morrissey.


GalleyCat shares excerpts from the five finalists for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize in fiction for Jewish Literature.


NPR Music lists five essential breakup songs.


Author Jonathan Evison shares a list of books he loves at The Book Lady's Blog.


eMusic critics pick their favorite love songs from the past year.


About.com shares a SXSW guide for readers and writers.


eMusic has musicians share songs that remind them of their first loves.


Brain Pickings lists five must-read books on words and language.


Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviews Kid Millions of Oneida about books.


The Lisa Simpson Book Club points out books the television character is seen reading on the animated show,


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)

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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