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April 22, 2011

Shorties (Michael Chabon, PJ Harvey, and more)

The New York Review of Books excerpts from Michael Chabon's introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of The Phantom Tollbooth.

NPR is streaming PJ Harvey's recent San Francisco concert. An mp3 download is also available.

Jennifer Egan talks to Arts Beat about the HBO television adaptation of her novel A Visit from the Goon Squad and the influence of The Sopranos on her work.

"I don't watch much television," she said, "but I got really caught up in that. And I did consciously ask the question of whether there would be a way to write a novel that would have the same kind of lateral feeling of a television series – the same kind of sense of movement in all directions, but not necessarily forward. The movement from central to peripheral characters from season to season, or even within a season."

The Chicago Tribune profiles The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

At the New York Observer, Tao Lin examines the arguments about the future of the novel.

Dawn McCarthy of Faun Fables discusses the band's new album Light of a Vaster Dark with PopMatters.

The A.V. Club interviews cartoonist Ben Katchor.

Royal Bangs visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Independent reviews a graphic novel adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Peter Mountford's debut novel A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism.

Alt.Latino examines Peru's place in he history of Latin American rock music.

Slate examines what it means to have all music instantly available.

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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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