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May 27, 2011

Shorties (Death Cab for Cutie, Summer Comics Reading, and more)

Death Cab for Cutie members talk to the Independent about the band's new album, Codes and Keys.

Monkey See recommends comics for summer reading.

The Wall Street Journal examines literary authors and their supernatural works, and excerpts from Lev Grossman's The Magician King as an example..

Author Vanessa Veselka is guest blogging this weekend at the Powell's Books Blog.

Rocks Off connects the lack of success of baseball's Houston Astros with the players' choice of walk-up music.

NPR recommends three epic literary adventures featuring heroines.

The Guardian profiles White Denim.

They're reluctant to name any specific musical influences, partly not to slight any they don't name, and partly because, Block says: "We're not consciously referencing anything because it's 'cool' at the moment." White Denim don't care for definitions of cool, they're just unabashed and gleeful music nerds, the kind who wax rhapsodic for ages about Bubble Puppy, an obscure early Austin psych-rock group.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Asti Hustvedts's new book, Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris.

Comics Alliance lists eight of the best noir comics.

Kate Christensen writes an essay at Elle about writing in a male voice.

Tommy Stinson visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's new comics & graphic novels)
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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
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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