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July 6, 2011

Shorties (Brian Eno, Flannery O'Connor, and more)

Pop & Hiss interviews Brian Eno about his new album, Drums Between the Bells, a collaboration with poet Rick Holland.

A 1959 recording of Flannery O'Connor reading her short story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find."

The New York Observer examines the current state of the literary reading.

It is a dark fate, indeed, the reading that drags on and on, where the only person who has lost interest more than the audience is the author, the room lost in a purgatory of pauses for laughter, met by awkward silences.

The New York Times and The Record remember Jane Scott, the Cleveland rock critic who recently passed away at the age of 92.

The Millions interviews Eleanor Henderson about her new novel Ten Thousand Saints.

OnMilwaukee interviews Curt Kirkwood about the Meat Puppets reunion.

The Chicago Tribune examines the merits of band reunions.

Overdrive lists the best books of 2011 so far.

Glide interviews singer-songwriter Peter Case.

Michael Sims talks to Fresh Air about his new book The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic.

Paste lists nine great charity compilation albums.

NPR reviews the new essay collection Sugar In My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex.

McSweeney's shares "What your favorite '80s band says about you."

Flavorwire lists great parties in literature.

Palo Alto Online lists five must-read graphic novels.

Litquake interviews author Jesse Ball.

The 20 most awe-inspiring writers' rooms.

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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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