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August 29, 2011

Shorties (Wild Flag, Haruki Murakami, and more)

At NPR, stream the new self-titled Wild Flag album (out September 13th).

The New Yorker has posted an excerpt from Haruki Murakami's new novel, 1Q84.

At the Telegraph, Harry Mount is no fan of books with built-in soundtracks.

There are few moments when the brain is so receptive as when it is engaged in silent absorption from the page (printed or electronic); any added effects are a demeaning detraction from that precious process.

Tablet interviews author Bruce Jay Friedman about his new memoir, Lucky Bruce.

Music Roamer is an online music recommendation website.

At the Observer, Jonathan Ross describes writing his first comic book.

I've come to the conclusion that comics are a bit like golf, or Susan Boyle, or threesomes. You can find large sections of the population who can't get enough of that kind of thing, while the rest of us just don't see where the fun is supposed to lie. But when done right, for me, no other entertainment form can match the beautiful synthesis of hand-crafted art with lovingly chosen words. And as I discovered when I wrote my first comic book last year, in collaboration with Tommy Lee Edwards, less is most definitely more. "Newspaper headlines written by poets" was the description that the great Dennis O'Neil (Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman) used when asked to describe the art of writing for comics, and it's as good a guideline as any I've encountered.

The A.V. Club lists 15 songs that make diseases (real and imaginary) really rock.

io9 recommends boos to ready you for the economic apocalypse.

Pitchfork interviews Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff.

Grasping for the Wind examines the troublesome intersection of religion and science fiction.

Artist Andrew Kolb has adapted David Bowie's Space Oddity album into a children's book, freely downloadable at his website.

The Book Bench recommends six short books to read during a hurricane.

The free song of the day at Amazon MP3 is Secret Cities' "The Park."

The A.V. Club interviews author Rudy Wurlitzer.

At NPR, stream the new Blind Pilot album, We Are the Tide (out September 13th).

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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