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July 29, 2011

Shorties (AL Kennedy, OMD, and more)

The Independent profiles author AL Kennedy.

Contactmusic interviews Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark about the band's reunion.

The list of online 2011 summer reading lists has been updated with George Saunders' summer reading and much more.

At Beyond the Margins, authors share their fears of public speaking.

Thurston Moore visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Hero Complex interviews Ross Mackintosh about his graphic novel, Seeds.

DV: Why did you choose this form of storytelling – comics over straight prose – to relate such an intimate story?

RM: I don’t consider myself a skilled writer so I’m not sure if I could have written a book. The main reason I created a comic was because certain memories were so clear in my mind, I wanted to reproduce them. The grim reaper in the hospital, for example, was something I saw in my mind that very night. A skilled writer might have wanted to deconstruct that image with words, but I wanted to draw it.

Pop Candy interviews Matt Pinfield, host of MTV's 120 Minutes, about the show's return to the airwaves this week.

Can you give a preview of Saturday's show?

Oh, yeah. You're gonna see Sleigh Bells. Black Angels. Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters talks about Joy Formidable. You've got Lupe Fiasco talking about how he wants to collaborate with Thom Yorke, so you've got a Radiohead classic in there. It's educational and entertaining at the same time, which I think is the ultimate goal.

At Write Place, Write Time, author Jami Attenberg shares her writing space.

The Chicago Tribune profiles the band Gatekeeper.

Gatekeeper's sound borrows its dance beat from new wave and Detroit techno, rather than traditional Chicago house. It's a thin and thoroughly synthetic sound that also has an epic, soundtrack quality and is layered with samples of dialogue from B-movies. There is something unsettling about the music, though this might be just how closely it approximates '80s horror-movie film scores — with snippets of screams or gasps that pepper its tracks.

PopMatters excerpts an essay from Alina Simone's new essay collection You Must Go and Win.

The Guardian shares the betting odds for the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the work of comics writer Harvey Pekar.

At The Writers' Block, Jesse Ball reads an excerpt from his novel The Curfew.

A,V. Club staff lists its favorite books, music, television, and other things from 2011 so far.

At the Guardian, Tom Rachman lists the top 10 journalist's tales in literature.

The A.V. Club Washington lists five singer-songwriters who managed to write decent novels.

They Might Be Giants plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

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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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