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September 20, 2011

Shorties (Stream the New Wilco Album, Books Written By Athletes, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Wilco album, The Whole Love (out September 27th).

The band's Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone discuss producing the album with Pop & Hiss.

American Songwriter reviews the album.

NPR recommends three books written by athletes.

Functional Nerds interviews Lev Grossman about his new novel, The Magician King.

NPR Music is streaming a playlist of 50 artists who inspired Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.

The Guardian interviews author Tom McCarthy.

Give us a writing tip.

William Burroughs said "Learn to type". Alex Trocchi said "Spend a year playing pinball". I'd say those are both good tips.

The Arcade Fire has won Canada's 2011 Polaris Music Prize with its album The Suburbs.

The Guardian reports that author Salman Rushdie is now on Twitter.

The Hype Machine is streaming the new Dominant Legs album, Invitation (out September 27th).

10 Greek plays that are essential to any education.

Active Child visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The New Paltz Oracle profiles Greg Olear and his new novel Fathermucker.

Drowned in Sound is streaming the new Tori Amos album, Night of Hunters.

The Los Angeles Times reviews the album.

The Harvard Crimson reviews Craig Thompson's new graphic novel, Habibi.

The focus of "Habibi," however, is not political or even historical; the power in this tale lies in human passion, sometimes cruel and sometimes sweet, combined with its geometric precision and deep sense of the sacred.

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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