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September 27, 2011

Shorties (Wilco, Craig Thompson, and more)

NPR is streaming last night's Wilco concert.

Frontman Jeff Tweedy talks to All Things Considered about the band's new album, The Whole Love.

Craig Thompson talks to Minnesota Public Radio about his new graphic novel Habibi.

"The book is like a mash-up of the sacred medium of the holy books, like the Koran and the Bible, mixed up with the vulgar story of pulp medium of comic books, which would have been my two biggest influences growing up, the Bible and comic-books," Thompson said.

The National Post reviews the book.

All its cleverness, all its density, all its intricacy, are brought together in the service of one simple but all-too-easily-forgotten point: There is no way through this life but with each other. That is the foundation for Thompson's interlocking patterns, its self-evidence obscured from our view like the scratched-out shapes that form a letter. Thankfully we have a writer like Thompson around to focus our gaze.

25 biographies every educator should read.

At Dangerous Minds stream Punk, a 1976 television documentary that features the Sex Pistols.

Flavorwire creates a literary mixtape for James Bond.

Live Music Blog is celebrating Pink Floyd Week with a series of posts in honor of the band's new box set and remastered albums.

The Millions visits the home of Flannery O'Connor.

PopMatters reconsiders Pearl Jam's Ten album 20 years after its release.

Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Christopher Bollen this week.

Mental Floss shares nicknames of 25 musician fan bases.

Kadir Nelson talks to All Things Considered about his new children's book, Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans.

Mike Mills discusses R.E.M.'s breakup with Rolling Stone.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Helen Oyeyemi's new novel Mr. Fox.

40 Fabulous DIY Projects to Improve Your Home Library.

Nicholas Pileggi talks to Morning Edition about his book Wiseguy and how it was adapted into the film Goodfellas.

Win Chad Harbach's debut novel The Art of Fielding and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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