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August 2, 2011

Shorties (Radiohead, Essential Typography Books, and more)

Radiohead is streaming the three most recent remixes from its The King of Limbs remix series.

Brain Pickings lists 10 essential books on typography.

George Pelecanos talks to Morning Edition about writing fiction based in Washington.

The A.V. Club interviews Gillian Welch about her new album The Harrow and the Harvest.

The A.V. Club: It seems to be a rule that every interview for The Harrow & The Harvest starts by asking you why it took eight years to make another album. Let's ask this instead: Did you ever confront the possibility that there might not be another album?

Gillian Welch: Absolutely. Yeah, definitely sometime around year five-and-a-half or six of the fallow years, we definitely had to, as you say, confront the possibility that maybe even unbeknownst to myself, I didn't really want to do it anymore. Because if I wanted to do it so bad, why wasn't I doing it? Happily, I proved to myself that I did want to do it. I had just been sadly off my game. I truly think many people would have given up. I don't know that many people who could work on a project for six years in dissatisfaction and keep going. It wasn't like I had writer's block; I was writing the whole time. I just thought it was shit. That’s how it was. Luckily Dave felt the same way. [Laughs.] For better or worse, he agreed that the stuff was not up to par, and we just had to keep trying.

The longlist for the 2011 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award has been named. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Doug Dorst, Ben Greenman, Alan Heathcock, Alexander MacLeod, Daniel Orozco, Miroslav Penkov, Shann Ray, Suzanne Rivecca, Jessica Treadway, and Paul Tremblay, .

Aquarium Drunkard reviews the remastered 25th anniversary edition of R.E.M.'s Life's Rich Pageant album.

Propeller interviews Neal Pollack about self-publishing and his new novel, Jewball.

GalleyCat shares a Spotify music playlist for author Henry Miller.

BBC News reports that the house that inspired JM Barrie to write Peter Pan will be turned into a center for children's literature.

The music blog Awesome Tapes from Africa is starting a record label.

Freerange Nonfiction interviews Diana Spechler about her new novel Skinny.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Fountains of Wayne's new album Sky Full of Holes.

NPR will live stream tonight's Bon Iver concert.

American Libraries makes the case for utilizing graphic novels in education.

">NPR is streaming the new album by The Horrors, Skying (out August 9th).

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, literature, 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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