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August 10, 2011

Shorties (Pavement, Philip Levine, and more)

At NRGM, stream Astrid Swan's covers album Hits (Pavement for Girls).

PopMatters lists 20 essential Pavement songs.

The New York Times reports that Philip Levine will be the next U.S. poet laureate.

Brain Pickings recommends 10 nonfiction graphic novels.

Cover Me shares a collection or cover songs by R.E.M.

AbeBooks shares a list of great books written by librarians.

The BBC News examines The Great Gatsby's cultural impact on modern America.

Rolling Stone shares a streaming playlist for the 2011 Outside Lands music festival.

NPR reviews Lev Grossman's sequel to The Magicians, The Magician King.

Speakeasy and The Millions interview Grossman.

NME shares a streaming music playlist of 25 new acts you need to hear.

Flavorwire lists cool new websites every bookworm should bookmark.

Interview interviews Francis Levy about his new novel, Seven Days in Rio.

YOUNG: So what attracted you to Rio as the place to set your novel?

LEVY: It's an imaginary world, like Franz Kafka's Amerika, where Kafka had never actually been to America. I mean, Brazil obviously connotes something in my mind to do with desire, sexuality and freedom. In fantasy, in mythology, Rio is the iconography of the imagination. In essence, we're all sex tourists. I've never been to Rio and I've never been to a psychoanalytic convention, but in a sense, Rio is symbolic of desire, some sort of ultimate ecstasy.

Aquarium Drunkard pays tribute to Bruce Springsteen's song "I'm on Fire."

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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