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February 2, 2011

Shorties (Sufjan Stevens, New Bobby Fischer Biography, and more)

Undertheradar interviews singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.

Franky Brady talks to All Things Considered about his new book, Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness. An excerpt is also shared.

GalleyCat shares a literary sampler of excerpts from the best horror books of 2010.

San Diego Music interviews Jason Loewenstein of Sebadoh.

The Guardian wonders if 2011 will be a breakthrough year for speculative fiction (from a literary perspective).

Nate Query of the Decemberists talks to the Minneapolis City Pages about the band's new album, The King Is Dead.

At Reverb, John Roderick of the Long Winters examines the effect of shuffling songs on music's cultural impact.

Paste lists 10 February albums worth checking out.

Dossier interviews Emma Straub about her new short story collection, Other People We Married.

Speakeasy interviews singer-songwriter Annie Clark of St. Vincent.

The February 2011 issue of Words Without Borders is dedicated to international graphic novels.

On sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: Band of Horses' Cease to Begin album.

Publishers Weekly previews 2011's most anticipated graphic novels.

At eMusic, Jami Attenberg interviews Heather Havrilesky about her memoir, Disaster Preparedness.

Attenberg also reviews Hannah Pittard's novel The Fates Will Find Their Way at The Rumpus.

Talk of the Nation interviews Sharifa Rhodes Pitt about her new book, Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America.

New music book alert: Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal, by Jeff Wagner.

At NPR Music, Richard Thompson plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

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.

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.

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)

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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