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April 20, 2011

Shorties (tUnE-YarDs, Jennifer Egan, and more)

The Record interviews tUnE-YarDs' Merrill Garbus about her new album, w h o k i l l s.

The Record explores the influence popular music had on Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan.

Rick Moody interviews Moby at The Rumpus.

Consequence of Sound interviews Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck.

The A.V. Club interviews New York Times Book review poetry columnist David Orr.

AVC: It's interesting that you consider poetry "sturdy," especially when music and literature don’t seem as sturdy as they once were. What about poetry makes it seem better equipped to survive?

DO: Good question. Obviously, I'm going to be biased in my response, because I'm a poetry critic. But I do think poetry really flourishes in anxiety. Poetry, especially lyric poetry, relies so heavily on ambiguity, it's almost inevitable that it's also going to stir up a lot of anxiety in the people who write it. I think all the issues you talked about—which are significant sources of anxiety for a lot of different types of artists—I wouldn't say poets are uniquely able to deal with them. But I think, in a way, maybe poets have dealt with them in the past a little bit more thoroughly than some other art forms. Something does come from having almost always been kind of a marginal art. When suddenly other arts become marginal too, you're not quite as worried, I think.

The Minneapolis City Pages profiles singer-songwriter Haley Bonar.

Flavorwire lists the 10 "most badly bungled classic-book-to-film adaptations."

Mountain Xpress profiles the Watson Twins and their new Night Covers EP.

The Art of Manliness lists 34 books about being a man.

At Pitchfork, singer-songwriter Julianna Barwick shares some of her favorite things.

The Washington Post recommends environmental books for children.

PopMatters profiles author David Foster Wallace.

Fresh Air interviews Susan Freinkel about her new book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story.

On sale for $2.99 at Amazon MP3: Wye Oak's Civilian album.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Arthur Phillips' new novel, The Tragedy of Arthur.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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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)
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