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August 21, 2011

Shorties (Radiohead, Nicholson Baker, and more)

Stream Radiohead's From the Basement performance of their album The King of Limbs.

At the Boston Globe, Steve Almond reviews Nicholson Baker's new novel House of Holes.

The novel is a surreal sexual fantasia, set in a theme park called the House of Holes, and brimming with men and women eager to have sex in a startling variety of manners. It’s the Garden of Earthly Delights as redesigned by Kafka. Or perhaps an adolescent Kafka.

The Deseret News profiles the BabyLit board book series, which includes Little Miss Austen: Pride & Prejudice and Little Master Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet, counting books for toddlers.

Weekend Edition profiles Thievery Corporation.

Eric Hilton and Rob Garza started Thievery Corporation at a Washington, D.C. nightclub in the mid-1990s, and the two producers are still experimenting. This summer, they released their sixth album, Culture of Fear. It features collaborations with six artists from a range of genres, multilingual (and sometimes politically charged) lyrics, and, underneath it all, the intoxicating beat-making on which the duo made its name.

At the Daily Beast, Evan Hughes, author of Literary Brooklyn, makes the case for the borough's Columbia Heights as America's most literary street.

The Observer reviews the new Beirut album, The Rip Tide (out August 30th).

David Bezmozgis talks to the Chronicle Herald about his novel, The Free World.

Pitchfork interviews Roots drummer ?uestlove.

Al-Masry Al-Youm recommends five books about Islamism in Egypt.

The A.V. Club Philadelphia lists five songs that mock Bob Dylan.

The Herald Scotland reviews the opening night of the stage adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

Tom Piazza talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, Devil Sent the Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America.

The 2011 winners of science fiction and fantasy's Hugo Awards have been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes participants Lou Anders (best editor) and Lev Grossman (best new writer).

The Silver Tongue interviews Adam Haworth Stephens of Two Gallants.

At, author Toby ball offers tips on writing dystopian noir fiction.

The Sacramento Press profiles indie cellist and composer Zoe Keating.

The Observer interviews Jennifer Egan about her novel A Visit from the Goon Squad.

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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