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June 18, 2011

Shorties (Sonic Youth, Margaret Drabble, and more)

All Songs Considered is streaming a new Sonic Youth song from the forthcoming Three Lobed Records 4-LP box set Not the Spaces You Know, But Between Them.

The Guardian profiles author Margaret Drabble.

And what about "one of the biggest American writers of his generation" who tries to seduce a successful young playwright from the north at a smart London party? "Oh, that was Saul Bellow," she says immediately. "He was a hero of mine, and I didn't at all mind him making a pass at me. In fact I felt really pleased. But then I realised as a feminist I shouldn't have been so amused. But I did like him very much. I still read him with admiration." Antonia Fraser tells a similar anecdote about Bellow making advances to her in a taxi when they were Booker judges in 1971. "We are not alone in that," she says, laughing. "Find me a woman he didn't make a pass at!"

Today's updates to the 2011 Bonnaroo downloads page: mp3s for the Arcade Fire's performance and lossless downloads of shows by Galactic and the Black Keys.

The Guardian profiles Caitlin Moran, and excerpts from her new book How To Be a Woman.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Young the Giant's self-titled album.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best drug experiences in literature.

The Washington Post recommends audiobooks for summer reading.

The Charlotte Observer explores the value of an MFA in creative writing.

OC Weekly interviews Jared Swilley of the Black Lips about the band's new album, Arabia Mountain.

The Guardian profiles author Alan Hollingsworth.

The Telegraph reviews his new novel, The Stranger's Child.

The Greenpoint Gazette interviews Kate Christensen about her new novel, The Astral.

Der Spiegel interviews cartoonist Shaun Tan, whose answers are comics panels.

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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)
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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