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May 7, 2011

Shorties (Elvis Costello Covers, Free Comic Book Day, and more)

Covered in Folk shares a collection of Elvis Costello covers.


Today is Free Comic Book Day.

Monkey See shares a checklist of free comics.


The Guardian interviews singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews.


CultureMob interviews Vanessa Veselka about her debut novel, Zazen.

DC: The novel has an undertone of disappointment in the failure of the counterculture to make any significant change. Does this reflect your own feelings, or did it simply spring out of Della’s character?

VV: Um… that would probably be me. I think one of the things we’re greatly disconnected from in this country is a sense of our own progressive history. The American Experiment is about newness. Generational identities. There has been a tragic amount of reinventing the wheel in the movements of the past 20 years—but then knowing that doesn't always help either. Your dad tries to tell you everything you need to know about sex and love and insight and it's like "Thanks man, I'll take it from here" and you careen off. It may just be natural. But it's not pretty. So do I wish things were different than they are? Yes. Am I Della? No.


Illinois Entertainer profiles singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.


PAPERMAG lists the Twitter gangs of New York, including the Lit It Crowd.


The Street lists 10 big stars of musical product placement.


The New York Times profiles authors who also work as booksellers, including Jami Attenberg, Emma Straub, and Kevin Sampsell.


The National Post reviews Chester Brown's new graphic novel Paying for It.


CHARTattack lists 10 great songs about mom.


McSweeney's has posted excerpts from its new food quarterly, Lucky Peach.


The BBC Music Blog lists the best April music releases.


Fresh Air interviews Pete Hamill about his new novel, Tabloid City.


Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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