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July 3, 2011

Shorties (Bjork, Ann Patchett, and more)

Pitchfork interviews Bjork about her forthcoming album Biophilia and streams the title track.

Ann Patchett talks to the Arizona Republic about her new novel State of Wonder.

The list of 2011 online summer reading lists has been updated with contributions from Newsday, the Newark Star-Ledger, Forbes' RETHINK blog, and many others.

The Observer profiles Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons.

How to describe Antony Hegarty's voice? Since the release of his band Antony and the Johnsons' 2005 album I Am A Bird Now (which chronicled his experiences as a transgender gay male and was the surprise winner of the Mercury prize, selling upwards of 500,000 copies), there have been many attempts to categorise his sound, ranging from "chamber pop" to "ethereal torch singing". One of his early mentors, Lou Reed (hardly the gushing type) said: "When I heard Antony, I knew that I was in the presence of an angel."

Blondie's Debbie Harry talks to the Daily Mail about her music career.

Margaret Drabble talks to the Independent about her new fascination with writing short stories.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. album.

The Millions interviews David Bezmogis about his novel The Free World.

Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth talk to The National about the Tom Tom Club's 30th anniversary tour.

The Quietus reports that Public Image Ltd is working on new music.

The Root interviews Tayari Jones about her new novel Silver Sparrow.

The Observer profiles Givers.

The one question Louisiana band Givers keep being asked is this: how are you so damn happy? Their debut album, In Light is probably the most ebullient record you'll hear this year – an unbound torrent of high-life guitars, Cajun rhythms and raucous boy-girl vocals.

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