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April 9, 2011

Shorties (Bill Callahan, McSweeney's First Cookbook, and more)

The New York Times profiles singer-songwriter Bill Callahan.

This is what Mr. Callahan does: put a big and mysterious idea in a modest place. He has gotten better and better at it. "The thing that’s uniquely his," said the singer-songwriter John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats in a recent e-mail, "is to sort of smuggle in scenes of remarkable emotional and, I gotta say, spiritual weight within these fairly light constructions."


McSweeney's will publish its first cookbook this summer, Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas from an Improbable Restaurant by Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz.


The New York Times interviews Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone, of TV on the Radio about the band's new album, Nine Types of Light (out April 12th).


Quill & Quire profiles author Miriam Toews.

Like most of Toews' work, the new novel encompasses both the low-key comedy of everyday life and bleak, numbing despair. And like most of Toews' work, it shows a preoccupation with departure and return. All of her novels are set in southern Manitoba, and they’re full of young women who are ambivalent about their surroundings. Some yearn to escape, some do escape, some escape and then come back.


At the New York Times Book Review Podcast, Francisco Goldman discusses his new novel Say Her Name.


Reverb interviews Sarah Silverman about music.


The Guardian's Children's Books blog lists the best "unsuitable" books for teens.


Flavorwire lists the most disastrous concert tours in history.


The editor of David Foster Wallace's novel The Pale King talks to the Guardian about piecing together the book after the author's death.


At the Hype Machine, stream the new Crystal Stilts album, In Love With Oblivion (out April 12th).


The New York Times reviews new children's books about the environment.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: MGMT's Oracular Spectacular album.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Lykke Li's Youth Novels album.


The nominees for the 2011 Eisner Awards for comics have been announced.


BlackBook lists spring's best new music from Europe.


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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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