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September 10, 2011

Shorties (Ryan Adams, Jonathan Safran Foer, and more)

Ryan Adams talks to Soundcheck about how his song "New York, New York" was transformed after 9/11.


The Day interviews author Jonathan Safran Foer about his novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Q: The novel was published in 2005, meaning you had to start writing it fairly soon after 9/11. How emotionally cathartic was it to write the book, and how do you feel as the 10th anniversary of the attacks draws near?

A: "It wasn't cathartic. I don't experience the books I write in that way. It's much more an aesthetic than emotional process for me. I try to write books that are moving but they don't move me. I try to write jokes that I hope are funny to the readers, but they don't make me laugh. It makes me happy to write, but there's a big difference between that and the emotional aspect you're talking about."


The Philadelphia Inquirer previews fall's new books.


33 Days lists the best cover songs in rock.


The Guardian examines the rise of Brontemania.


The Chicago Tribune recommends 9/11 books.


Comics Alliance reviews every comic released in DC Comics' "New 52."


Popdose lists the 100 greatest cover songs of all time.


The Awl interviews Chad Harbach about his debut novel, The Art of Fielding.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Cyndi Lauper's She's So Unusual album.


At Bill and Dave's Cocktail Hour, Bill Roorbach examines the experience of choosing an author photo.


Robert Smith of the Cure talks politics and music with the Guardian.


At Bookforum, Justin Taylor reviews Alex Shakar's new novel Luminarium.


All Things Considered interviews Beirut's Zach Condon about his new album, The Rip Tide.


Forbes will publish a 60-page graphic novel titled The Zen of Steve Jobs.

Steve befriended Kobun Chino Otogawa, a Zen Buddhist priest who emigrated to the U.S. from Japan. Both were innovators and passionate about art and design. The story flashes back and forward in time to connect this period in Jobs’ life to key moments in Apple history.


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, 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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