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August 14, 2011

Shorties (Nicholson Baker, Blood Orange, and more)

Nicholson Baker talks to the Observer about his new novel House of Holes.

The Oregonian reviews the book.

At the Hype Machine, stream the new Blood Orange album, Coastal Grooves (out August 16th).

The Minneapolis Star Tribune compares books to their film adaptations.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine album.

The Boston Globe interviews documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman about books.

Today's free song at Amazon MP3 is of Montreal's "Black Lion Massacre."

ThirdCoast Digest reviews one of my favorite young adult novels, Michael Chabon's Summerland.

Perhaps the book’s greatest achievement, though, is in its ability to evoke nostalgia in an older audience without compromising its integrity to a younger audience. The book is just as charming a read today as it was the first time I turned the cover page, although my reasons are different. Then, it was a captivating story about magic and fantasy in a real-world context; now, it is a reminder of how wonderful such a story could be to a younger me, who sought to grow up and change the way the children in Summerland change.

David Browne talks to All Things Considered about his new book, Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY and the Lost Story of 1970.

Flavorwire lists the squarest rock artists of all time.

Elif Batuman shares her writing quarters at Write Place, Write Time.

At The Lifted Brow, Matt LeMay recommends listening to The Green Pajamas.

The Oregonian profiles author Benjamin Percy.

A list of the top 50 music blogs.

Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.

Follow me on Twitter, Google+, 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, 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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