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March 31, 2011

Shorties (Bill Callahan, David Foster Wallace, and more)

The Guardian profiles singer-songwriter Bill Callahan.


At Time, Lev Grossman reviews David Foster Wallace's posthumous novel, The Pale King.


On sale for $2.99 at Amazon MP3: Destroyer's Kaputt album.


At the Daily Beast, author Junot Diaz shares his love for Tokyo.


Stereogum lists the 11 most interesting Record Store Day releases.


Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss lists her favorite things for Spin.


NPR reviews and excerpts from Lori Roy's debut novel Bent Road.


Prefix interviews the Dodos' Meric Long about the band's new album, No Color.


Pop Candy previews The Indie Rock Poster Book.


MySpace lists the top 15 fictional bands of all time.


Bookworm interviews Ann Beattie about her latest collection, The New Yorker Stories.


B Free Daily interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

Your songs are written like short stories, involving characters and scenes. Do you write with a plot in mind or is it stream of consciousness?

It's one from Column A, one from Column B. I never know where I'm going. I start with a title every time. It's sort-of like, "This song is going to be called this." The exception is "Never Quite Free," where I had the title later. I was giving each song three-word titles but then started writing "Never Quite Free" and didn't know what to call it. ... For the most part I'm writing as I go along and I'm surprised as to where it goes.


The White Review interviews author DBC Pierre.


USA Today examines U.S. publishers' search for the next Stieg Larsson.


On sale for $2.99 at Amazon MP3: City and Colour's Bring Me Your Love album.


The Guardian lists the top 10 books on motherhood.


Joy Division Bootlegs shares live Joy Division and New Order recordings.


At Salon, Laura Miller notes authors' need for self-promotion.


The Grateful Dead have announced a 72-disc Europe 72: The Complete Recordings: All Music Edition box set due in September.


HTMLGIANT interviews author Matt Bell.


Mashable lists 20 essential online resources for finding new music.


At Finger on the Page, a Rick Gekoski recounts his experience as a judge for the Man Booker Prize.


British Sea Power visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


FACT and NME recap the best albums of the year so far.


My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way talks comics writing with the San Francisco Examiner.


At Drowned in Sound, Grinderman's Jim Sclavunos lists his 10 favorite record shops.


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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)
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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