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August 6, 2011

Shorties (Zombie Literature, Kate Bush, and more)

The New York Times examines the current state of zombie literature.

County Grind lists five reasons why singer-songwriter Kate Bush isn't bigger in America.

The list of 2011 online summer reading lists has been updated with mystery novel suggestions from the Christian Science Monitor, recommendations from members of the U.S. Congress, Fully Vetted's veterinary reading, and much more.

HTMLGIANT shares notes for teaching Tao Lin's novel Eeeeee.

NPR is streaming live performances this weekend from the Newport Jazz Festival.

Bonnie Jo Campbell talks to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about her latest novel Once Upon a River.

The Los Angeles Times notes the renaissance of hand-silkscreened posters, especially for music shows.

The Independent reviews Teju Cole's fascinating debut novel Open City.

Open City exhibits the focus, timelessness and unobtrusive wit that its narrator admires in great painting. An exhilarating post-melting-pot novel, it delves into unexcavated histories, erasures and the bones beneath us. It marvels at the stories we contain, capturing new realities where identity is a fluid mix of inheritance, memory and fiction. A hopeful, affirming book, it depicts the world's vastness and reminds us that we all have a place.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Panda Bear's Tomboy album.

The Guardian explores the effect writing In Cold Blood had on Truman Capote.

Today's free song at Amazon MP3 is Archers of Loaf's "Wrong" off the remastered Icky Mettle album.

Scouting NY revisits the haunts of American Psycho's Patrick Bateman twenty years after the book was published.

WXPN is streaming a live performance by Frightened Rabbit.

John McWhorter talks to Talk of the Nation about his book, What Language Is: And What It Isn't and What It Could Be.

Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.

Follow me on Twitter, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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