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August 11, 2011

Shorties (Sondre Lerche, Charles Bukowski, and more)

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche.

The Sacramento News & Review gathers remembrances of Charles Bukowski, who would have turned 91 this week.

CNN and the Huffington Post interview Lev Grossman about his new novel, The Magician King.

Grossman also talks to The Daily Beast about the book.

The A.V. Club reviews The Magician King.

Singer-songwriter Parry Gripp has written a song, "I Wanna Be a Magician," inspired by Lev Grossman's novels The Magicians and The Magician King.

At Stereogum, the members of Yuck share their musical influences.

The Brooklyn Paper offers a timeline to the borough's literary legacy.

Pop & Hiss notes the new mural on Silver Lake's Elliott Smith tribute wall.

Bookworm interviews Dana Spiotta about her new novel Stone Arabia.

Tablet profiles the writer Delmore Schwartz.

Vetiver's Andy Cabic talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about the band's new album, The Errant Charm.

"It's a pop album filled with songs that work in immediately satisfying but gradually revealing ways," he says. "Sonically, it reminds me of living in the outer avenues of San Francisco. In that environment, you have the sun shining above, yet details obscured by fog and wind."

NPR recommends three novels that feature extremely loyal wives.

Morning Edition interviews Noah and the Whale frontman Charlie Fink.

Fathom interviews author Karen Russell.

Vice excerpts from Lynne Tillman's novel-in-progress.

Author Terry Pratchett talks to Morning Edition about his support for assisted suicide.

At the A.V. Club, stream Braid's new Closer to Closed EP (out August 16th).

Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviews Word Riot publisher Jackie Corley about her new nonprofit, which will offer travel grants to writers associated with small presses.

Amazon MP3's free song of the day is Richard Buckner's "Traitor." from his new Our Blood album.

The Guardian has named its Not the Booker Prize longlist.

Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.

The results are in for NPR's readers poll of the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books.

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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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