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May 22, 2011

Shorties (Synth Brittania, Gary Shteyngart, and more)

The Daily Swarm shares Synth Britannia, a documentary of late 70s post-punk bands.

The New York Times spends a day with author Gary Shteyngart.

The Los Angeles Times examines the legacy of Oprah's Book Club.

Sound of the City interviews Ted Leo, Dan Deacon, and Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner about my favorite music book, Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life.

The Washington Post examines the resurgence of releasing music on cassette tapes.

So, are cassettes at death’s door or enjoying a healthy renaissance? It depends on whom you ask. Cassette culture has never waned in certain circles, specifically among noise and experimental bands. But cassettes have gradually been popping up in non-underground places. Lady Gaga probably won’t be releasing music on cassette tape anytime soon, but well-known independent bands such as Animal Collective, Deerhoof and the Mountain Goats have all put out cassettes this year.

The Independent talks to indie record label owners about their banding together to sell music at London's Berwick Street Market.

The Rock 'n' Roll Metro Map is an infographic (also available as a poster) listing the most influential rock bands.

At Salon, Tim Johnston explains the effect a David Sedaris recommendation of his short story collection, Irish Girl, had on his life.

The Observer examines what makes Philip Roth such a divisive writer.

Smithsonian Jazz is a website to "explore, appreciate, and appreciate jazz."

Weekend Edition interviews Roddy Doyle about his new short story collection Bullfighting.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: The Ting Tings' We Started Nothing album.

Brooke Gladstone talks to Weekend Edition about her new book, The Influencing Machine.

All Things Considered interviews singer-songwriter Priscilla Ahn about her new album When You Grow Up.

The Independent offers a "blagger's guide" to literature in translation.

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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 new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
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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