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April 3, 2011

Shorties (LCD Soundsystem, Martin Amis, and more)

The Current interviews LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, and he DJs a guest session.

Martin Amis discusses writing novels and moving to Brooklyn in the Observer.

In the Independent, Sam Leith explains how it feels to be a literary critic publishing his first novel.

So I'm grateful to a friend for hitting on the exact right phrase: gamekeeper turned pheasant. That is the journey I have tentatively made. Once my first novel, The Coincidence Engine, is published tomorrow, I will be hoping, like all first novelists, for the privilege of a review. But I will also be wondering whether I might be about to get a decade and a half of instant karma. It's more uncomfortable on this side of the firing line. But after years of criticising other people's work, often unkindly, if my own first book gets shot to bits, it will be no more than poetic justice.

Singer-songwriter Cary Ann Hearst talks to Weekend Edition about her new album, Lions and Lambs.

ReadySteadyBook interviews author Lars Iyer about his debut novel, Spurious.

All Songs Considered shares what your favorite band with the word "weekend" in its title says about you.

The Illinois Entertainer lists the 20 all-time greatest Chicago guitarists.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette examines the city's "bookstore gap" and the effect of Border's store closings.

All Things Considered interviews Panda Bear's Noah Lennox.

Howard Jacobsen talks to Weekend Edition about his novel The Mighty Walzer.

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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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