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July 7, 2011

Shorties (Food Blogging and Indie Rock, Beverly Cleary, and more)

Spinner examines the increasing convergence between food blogging and indie rock.

The Atlantic interviews author Beverly Cleary.

Your website says that you are still writing--is there anything ahead that we should be looking for? A third volume of your memoirs, perhaps?

No, I don't plan to publish any more. After all, I'm 95. I hope children will be happy with the books I've written, and go on to be readers all of their lives.

The list of 2011 online summer reading lists has been updated with NPR's adventurous nonfiction and much more.

The shortlisted albums for Canada's 2011 Polaris Music Prize have been named.

Wanderlust reports that Rachel Polonsky's Molotov's Magic Lantern: Travels in Russian History has won the Dolman Travel Book of the Year award.

The Detroit Free Press interviews Cut Copy's Dan Whitford.

The Georgia Straight examines the appeal of e-readers to genre readers.

PopMatters lists the top five I.R.S.-era R.E.M. videos.

Bookworm interviews John Sayles about his new novel, A Moment in the Sun.

The Chicago Tribune shares a quiz that questions whether or not a band has retained its core identity without one or more of its core members.

The Atlantic examines the trend of rising indie bands who refuse to do publicity.

"Mystery" is quickly becoming the default PR strategy for breaking indie acts. Over the past two years, groups like WU LYF, the Weeknd, jj, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Shabazz Palaces have drawn attention even as they've turned down interviews, concealed their likenesses, and, in some cases, withheld their own names.

The 50 greatest novels for art students.

Paste is streaming William Elliott Whitmore's new album Field Songs (out July 12th).

Fresh Air interviews Jason Zinoman about his new book, Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror.

Some "best albums of 2011 so far" lists:

Bleep (top albums)
Music for Kids Who Can't Read Good (best albums)
Steff Metal (top metal albums)

Matthew Algeo talks to Morning Edition about his new book, The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Sam Phillips about her new album, Solid State.

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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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