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April 1, 2011

Shorties (Stream the New Cold Cave Album, An Introduction to Steampunk Literature, and more)

Stream Cold Cave's new album Cherish the Light Years (out April 12th) at Matablog.

AbeBooks offers a beginner's guide to steampunk literature.

The A.V. Club suggests entry points into the discography of the Ramones.

Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega discusses her play "Carson McCullers talks About Love" with WNYC's Soundcheck.

In the Guardian, author Jonathan Coe examines film adaptations of literary works.

Eye Weekly interviews Dan Bejar about the new Destroyer album, Kaputt.

Your lyrics are always dense and interesting and sometimes confusing. Do you get people coming up to you and trying to explain the meanings of your songs?

That doesn’t happen because I don't usually go outside. And when I'm on tour I’m usually hiding somewhere. I don't see any value in approaching it like that. It's not like an Easter egg hunt. Or, actually, that’s not a good analogy. It's more like an Easter egg hunt and less like a session of orienteering.

The Seattle Times lists 10 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month.

The Arizona Republic lists March's top 10 singles.

At Bookforum, Luc Sante reviews Geoff Dyer's new essay collection Otherwise Known as the Human Condition.

All of Dyer's work holds together very well indeed, but what holds it together is a voice, which becomes a persona. It's a very English, low-key, plainspoken, unassuming voice that invites you in, and can become intimate but not too intimate, and can smoothly transit between comedy and gravity. It takes on flesh in his reported pieces and personal essays and some of his fiction, and there it is often richly and sometimes darkly comic—self-deprecating, stubborn, canny, forlorn, worldly, hapless, serious, romantic, dissipated.

Backseat Sandbar lists the best albums of 2011 so far.

PopMatters excerpts a chapter from Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen, by Mark Blake.

Drowned in Sound interviews the Kinks' Dave Davies.

Fresh Air interviews Peter Godwin about his new book, The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe.

Talking with Tim interviews Susan Henderson about her novel Up from the Blue.

Beat the Indie Drum previews March's indie rock album releases.

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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)
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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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