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August 13, 2011

Shorties (Feist, The 50 Funniest American Writers, and more)

Andy Borowitz talks to USA Today about his new book, The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor From Mark Twain to The Onion.

Stream the first single from Feist's forthcoming album, Metals (out October 4th).

Evan Hughes talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life.

Read an excerpt.

The New York Times reviews and excerpts from Simon Reynolds' new book Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past.

The Boston Globe interviews comedian Tig Notaro about being signed to an indie rock music label.

Q. You’re signed to an indie music label. How does it work being a comedian signed to a record label?

A. Secretly Canadian had never signed a comedian before, but one of their singers, this guy Jens Lekman, who’s a fan of my stand-up, had asked me if I wanted to go on tour with him a few years ago. So I did. I got to know the record label pretty well and they got to know my stand-up. They offered me a record deal. And I had been offered record deals with different comedy labels, but those didn’t appeal to me in the past. I just didn’t think that I would get as much attention, with all the comedians on a comedy label. I really liked these guys at Secretly Canadian and what they told me they’d do for me. I felt like being on an indie-rock label would help me stand out a bit.

The New York Times examines digital music's effect on album art design.

3:AM Magazine profiles author James T. Farrell.

The Guardian gathers British rappers' responses to the British riots.

The Frisky shares what your taste in music says about you (on a date).

NPR is streaming yesterday's concert by The War on Drugs.

Flavorwire lists 10 classic books we read despite knowing how they end.

On sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: The Antlers' Burst Apart album.

The Real Tuesday Weld has posted a stop-motion video for a song from its soundtrack to Glen Duncan's novel The Last Werewolf.

The Boston Globe reviews the book.

Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best 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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