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March 30, 2011

Shorties (Ted Leo, Art Spieglman, and more)

Matablog points out several SXSW video interviews Ted Leo hosted for

Cartoonist Art Spiegelman talks about the evolution of comics with the Calgary Herald.

"There was this generation that grew up reading comics, having been turned into social misfits by them, and they wanted to make comics for their peers. It was the first time you had comics by and for adults that weren't just about making money. That movement planted the seeds for what we have today."

Albums on sale today at Amazon MP3:

For $5.00:

The Mountain Goats' new album, All Eternals Deck

For $3.99:

Elton John: Rocket Man - Number Ones
Los Lonely Boys' new album Rockpango

For $2.99:

The Beastie Boys: Solid Gold Hits
Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head
Miles Davis: The Birth of the Cool
Norah Jones: ...Featuring
Radiohead: Kid A

For $1.99:

Middle Brother: Middle Brother

For $0.99:

Bear Hands: High Society EP

The Idaho Mountain Express profiles Alan Heathcock and his new short story collection, Volt.

The shortlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize has been announced. Finalist John Le Carre has asked for his name to be withdrawn from the competition.

The State Press interviews singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons.

SP: How much has your schooling in psychology and therapy affected your music?

William Fitzsimmons: It’s even bigger than you’d think. I kind of fought the synchronicity of those two things for a while, because I didn’t really spend any time considering how they might actually be wonderful bedfellows, but the main thing I’ve learned is that the practice and the process of both things is nearly identical. What you’re doing with songwriting is almost the kind of thing that you’re trying to do with good therapy, to inspire somebody or affect some sort of change. You plant the intellectual seed in somebody, in their head or their heart, and that’s what I was doing as a counselor. Just try and move people along at whatever pace they’re able to go at, you know, understanding people, being non-judgmental, having empathy for people no matter what they’re going through. So it’s kind of amazing. I kind of feel like I have a bit of an unfair advantage, having that knowledge base and skill set. It’s a part of when I write any song, the top half is wearing the Bill Cosby therapist sweater, and the bottom half has skinny jeans on.

At Slate, legendary baseball statistician explains why developing athletes is easier than developing writers.

At A.V. Undercover, the Dum Dum Girls cover Big Star's "September Gurls."

The Guardian's Organ Grinder blog makes a case for radio and television adaptations of literary classics.

The Kills are streaming their new album, Blood Pressures (out April 5th), at their website.

NPR lists three banned books that survived the Soviet censors.

The Bat Segundo Show interviews author Deb Olin Unferth.

The Christian Science Monitor lists 10 novels in translation you should know.

Indie on the Move is a music venue database and tour booking resource for the United States.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Marjorie Garber's new book, The Use and Abuse of Literature.

The Atlantic interviews Garber about the book.

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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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