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July 23, 2011

Shorties (Sufjan Stevens, Best Baseball Novels, and more)

Sufjan Stevens visits Soundcheck for an interview and live performance.

The Wall Street Journal lists the five best baseball novels.

My list of favorite baseball books.

The list of online 2011 summer reading lists has been updated with The Book Lady's Blog's recommended books on writing and much more.

Sapphire talks to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about her new novel, The Kid.

"It is a sequel in that it continues to look at the profound and devastating effect AIDS has had on the African-American community," said Sapphire by phone before her Tuesday book signing in Atlanta. "I wanted to do another psychological portrait of a character."

The Independent examines the beaches of literature.

The New York Times reviews Daniel Orozco's short story collection Orientation.

The Financial Times reviews Teju Cole's magnificent debut novel Open City.

The Calgary Herald profiles The Head and the Heart.

Not all bands are as deserving (of the title "buzz band") as The Head and the Heart, whose self-titled debut recalls a less precious Decemberists sound, and features lovely harmonies and endearing Sexsmithian singing and lyrics over music that sounds as natural and cooling as dip in a creek after a walk through the woods.

At the Guardian, Kamin Mohammadi lists the top 10 Iranian books.

Glen Duncan talks to Weekend Edition about his new novel, The Last Werewolf.

Bookforum critiques the fictional female characters of six authors.

The Old 97's visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Robot 6 interviews Nate Powell about his new graphic novel Any Empire.

At The Record, Ann Powers profiles The Feelies.

Fresh Air interviews Mark W. Moffett about his new book, Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions.

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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