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July 11, 2011

Shorties (Radiohead, Oscar Hijuelos, and more)

Radiohead premiered two new songs in a Canal+ From the Basement video session this past weekend.


Oscar Hijuelos talks to Weekend Edition about his new memoir, Thoughts Without Cigarettes.


New York Magazine profiles Fountains of Wayne.

The band had only one other big hit—"Stacy's Mom"—yet their fans remain devout. "When you're listening to them, you feel like you know the singer," notes their friend James Iha, former Pumpkins guitarist and Stratosphere partner, who describes Fountain fans as "guys with long black leather coats, married couples, aging hipsters, and a few power-pop stalkers. At their shows, it looks like you’re at Borders books."


Stylist lists the 100 best opening lines from books.


The Wall Street Journal profiles singer-songwriter and actress Marianne Faithfull.


The literary magazine n+1 has launched a podcast.


Gibson lists 10 legendary rock couples.


An overview of the odds for the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature winner.


Pitchfork lists its 60 favorite music books.


The New York Times examines the recent popularity of rock memoirs.


Flavorwire previews several comics from Flannery O’Connor: The Cartoons.


The Guardian examines how pop music has embraced performance art.


Michael Koryta talks to Weekend Edition about his new novel The Ridge.


Flavorwire lists musicians and the cities they embody.


Barry Estabrook talks to All Things Considered about his new book Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit.


NPR is streaming Amy LaVere's new album, Stranger Me (out August 2nd).


Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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