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July 8, 2011

Shorties (Flannery O'Connor's Comics, Gang Gang Dance, and more)

In December Fantagraphics is publishing Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons, a collection of the writer's cartoons from high school and college publications.

On the Download interviews Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance about the band's new album Eye Contact.

The online list of 2011 summer reading lists has been updated.

The filmmakers behind Heavy Metal Parking Lot talk to the Wall Street Journal about the documentary.

Apex Magazine lists the top 10 experimental books you've never heard of, including Orange Eats the Creeps by Grace Krilanovich and Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler.

The Telegraph lists the top 10 places to discover new music online.

At Kindle Post UK, Richard T Kelley shares the definitive spine-chilling moments in his top five favourite novels of Victorian/gothic mystery and horror.

Some "best albums of 2011 so far" lists:

Tiny Mix Tapes

At The 6th Floor, New York Times Magazine staffers list their favorite novels.

On sale for $4.59 at Amazon MP3: Generationals' Actor-Caster album.

At NPR, Lev Grossman reviews G.R.R. Martin's new novel A Dance with Dragons.

A Dance with Dragons is not a book for Westeros newbies. If you haven't started from the beginning you'll miss out on the richness of Martin's grand design. Each story has its own rhythm, and is written in its own voice, and plays subtly off each of the others. Martin will never win a Pulitzer or a National Book Award, but his skill as an orchestrator of narrative exceeds that of almost any literary novelist writing today. Reading it, I was reminded of Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad, and Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time.

A Blog Supreme lists six cliches newspapers use to preview jazz concerts.

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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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