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June 10, 2011

Shorties (Top London Album Covers, Sherman Alexie, and more)

Londonist lists the top 10 London album covers.

At Speakeasy, Sherman Alexie explains why he writes young adult fiction.

Crawdaddy! offers a primer to the music of Death Cab for Cutie.

Tea Obreht talks to the Guardian about winning the Orange Prize with her novel, The Tiger's Wife.

Pop & Hiss reports that actor James Franco will release an EP in July with performance artist Kalup Linzy.

SoundSpike interviews They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh about the band's return to writing albums for adults.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats talks to the Seattle Times about his music.

"I'm excited about everything," he said. "If I'm suffering, I'm excited to be suffering. So the people in my songs will be suffering, but the music is always up-tempo, always going to have that aspect of pleasure, because the emotion is invigorating."

WORD has shared a video of Wesley Stace reading from Charles Jessold: Considered as a Murderer and streaming audio of Amanda Palmer performing at Wednesday's Largehearted Lit event.

The Guardian examines the history of literary references in popular music.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the music of Curtis Mayfield.

At The Faster Times, Justin Taylor shares stories from his recent Hong Kong bookstore tour.

The A.V. Club Denver/Boulder lists punk bands that stayed broken up.

At Harper's, Francine Prose examines the state of respect given women writers today.

Crosstalk debates concert etiquette.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Alan Jacobs' new book The Pleasures Of Reading In An Age Of Distraction.

O shares a list of "tantalizing" summer beach reads.

NPR excerpts from Kate Christensen's new novel The Astral.

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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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