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April 2, 2011

Shorties (LCD Soundsystem, Monica Ali's New Princess Diana Novel, and more)

Esquire has six musicians chronicle the importance of LCD Soundsystem.

The Guardian reviews Monica Ali's new novel, Untold Story.

Untold Story is the tale of what might have happened to Princess Diana had she lived. Yes, the real Princess of Wales, Diana Spencer, Lady Di; she of the pie-crust collars and St Tropez yachts; she of the heir, spare and landmines. What if, instead of dying in a car crash in 1997, Britain's Queen of Hearts, by then hounded by press and royals into panda-eyed derangement, could tolerate the torment not a moment longer and disappeared on a dawn swim, supposedly drowned and munched by sharks? Just suppose. Let the untold story begin.

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor talks to the Guardian about his improv jazz project, About Group.

At, Arab authors ponder the novels of the revolution.

Wayward Blog bids farewell to chillwave, and lists the genre's top 10 artists.

One True Thing interviews Jonathan Evison about his latest novel, West of Here.

The Boston Globe reviews Sigrid Nunez's new book, Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag.

The Guardian Music Blog is streaming Low's new album, C'mon (out April 12th).

MySpace lists five epic music pranks.

The Wall Street Journal lists the best five novels that feature "the won't grow up modern male."

Maps of American Fiction, 1851-1853.

Daemon's Books rounds up the best April Fool's Day literary jokes. recommends three new rock music documentaries.

The Independent visits Virginia Woolf;s favorite London locations.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: R.E.M.'s new album Collapse Into Now.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Isaac Aasimov's newly reissued time travel novel The End of Eternity.

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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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