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April 27, 2011

Shorties (Beastie Boys, Jonathan Baumbach and more)

New York Magazine shares an oral history of the Beastie Boys.


Jonathan Baumbach talks to the New York Observer about his literary career and new novel, Dreams of Molly.


Crib Notes interviews Leigh Watson of the Watson Twins about their new EP, Night Covers.


The Review Review shares tips for writers submitting to literary journals. (via)


Writerhead interviews author Robin Black.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Best Coast's Crazy for You album.


NPR reviews and excerpts from Linda Grant's new novel We Had It So Good.


Drowned in Sound interviews Katie Lee from Braids.

Which comparison is getting more grating, Animal Collective or Joanna Newsom? Or do you find both flattering?

Both are grate. I have seen both and they really can shred. But there are so many OTHER bands we sound like. I wish people could bring those bands up more.


Splinter Generation profiles Buddy Wakefield, "arguably the most successful spoken word poet on the road."


Paste lists the 30 best Wilco songs.


The Magazine of Yoga interviews author Marcy Dermansky.

If you had to pick one book to recommend as a must-read, which would it be?

Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson. Because that is the novel I used to turn to, read over and over again. I was and am in love with Ann August, who wanted to be a child actress when she was still a child. Because I still like to reread it. And because there is so much good, almost unnoticeable technique to it: point of view (there are several), passage of time (generations), place as character (Los Angeles and Wisconsin), incredible characters (Ann, her mother, Ted the ice skating instructor).

Anywhere But Here does everything that a big book in supposed to achieve. And it’s wonderful to read.


At All Songs Considered, Robert Christgau remembers Poly Styrene.


The Hairpin interviews Wendy McClure about her new book, The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie.


Inspired by the new book The Indie Cred Test, The Hairpin shares "The Indie Rock Cred Test for Girls."


Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Megan Mayhew Bergman.


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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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