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February 22, 2011

Shorties (Lucinda Williams, Henry Miller, and more)

Aquarium Drunkard interviews Lucinda Williams about her new album, Blessed (out March 1st).

Henry Miller's ex-wife Hoki Tokuda talks to the Los Angeles Times about the author.

The Montreal Gazette profiles the Luyas.

Influenced by Laurie Anderson and Bob Dylan, "people who really grabbed life by the throat and made telling statements, not only with their words but their aesthetic," Stein is musicianly loath to categorize her album. "Hopefully, it gives you a feeling of ... otherness," she says. "I think it is a winter record." Indeed, from the jittery title track through the haunted Tiny Head and the glassy Cold Canada, there is an innocent isolation to this, the echoing whiteness of a Montreal street in February. Or as the lyric runs, "Snow will always win."

Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa shares some of his favorite songs with Pop & Hiss.

PopMatters interviews Concretes guitarist Daniel Varjo about the band's influences.

io9 excerpts from Jonathan Lethem's book They Live.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Blonde Redhead's Penny Sparkle album.

Local Natives play a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Impose interviews Justin Taylor about his new novel, The Gospel of Anarchy and punk rock.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviews Cave Singers drummer Marty Lund about books.

The Guardian offers a Brooklyn books quiz.

The Nervous Breakdown makes 15 predictions about the future of books.

The Hype Machine is streaming the new Lykke Li album, Wounded Rhymes (out march 1st).

In the Financial Times, Sam Lipsyte discusses teaching creative writing.

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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)
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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)
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