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May 20, 2011

Shorties (Titus Andronicus, Philip Roth, and more)

Sound of the City interviews Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles.


The Guardian profiles author Philip Roth.


OC Weekly profiles the Smith Westerns.

The first Smith Westerns LP (on Chicago's all-killer indie label HoZac in 2009) was a masterful example of what historians like to call "ramshackle pop" and what everybody else recognizes as someone trying to smash Phil Spector through the tiniest four-track. These were old-school Top 10 pop songs played with teenage vigor and velocity, and while a T. Rex influence loomed overhead, the Smith Westerns were actually digging for something a little rougher. Lost glam bands such as Milk N' Cookies and lost-in-their-own-head rockers such as Nikki Sudden would recognize this instantly: beautiful songs broken in transit.


The Telegraph explores the crossover between traditional narrative and video games, using L.A. Noire as an example.

It emphasises deduction, clue-hunting and, courtesy of some astonishing developments in graphics technology, reading human expressions as the means of navigating its complex plot. And it arrives in tandem with a collection of short stories from writers such as Joyce Carol Oates, Joe Lansdale and Lawrence Block, each one set in its murky and morally equivocal universe. In some respects, it seems less a game than a sort of full-scale cultural land grab. Its creator, Brendan McNamara, has said he envisages audiences “sitting on the sofa playing LA Noire with their girlfriends and friends and passing the controller around, almost playing it like a TV show".


The New York Daily News profiles a church in Flushing that incorporates indie rock into its services.

The group's 1-1/2-hour service features an indie rock band that plays its own religious songs. Instead of using Bibles in book form, congregants use a Bible app on iPhones, Jung said. The service even includes an informal mingling where participants listen to indie rockers like MGMT and Arcade Fire, and chat over donuts and candy.


BOMBLOG interviews author George Saunders.


Death + Taxes shares a mixtape for the end of the world.


At the New York Review of Books, poet Charles Simic examines the value for libraries.


The Irish Times interviews singer-songwriter Julianna Barwick.


CNN lists the top 5 political comic books.


Let's Wrestle has posted an online comic book to promote its new album, Nursing Home.


The Spectator shares a beginner's guide to erotic fiction.


At Slate, poet Robert Pinsky examines the connections between music and poetry.


NPR recommends three running memoirs.


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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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