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October 9, 2011

Shorties (Ryan Adams, Craig Thompson, and more)

The Los Angeles Times and Drowned in Sound interview Ryan Adams about his new album, Ashes & Fire (out October 11th).

The Guardian reviews Craig Thompson's new graphic novel Habibi.

Habibi is another big book and I think its effect on readers will be just as powerful. It's not only that it has at its heart a sweet and touching love story, nor is it that Thompson's drawings are as fluid and as acute as ever. It's his ambition that really amazes, the sheer chutzpah of it.

NME reports that Blur's Damon Albarn wants to write a musical based on the band's 1995 album, The Great Escape.

Hodge Podge lists the top five movies on writing/writers.

The Montgomery Advertiser talks to the founder of the South­eastern Literary Tourism Ini­tiative and the Southern Literary Trail.

The New York Times profiles the new wave of female musicians making synth music.

The litmag Blip Magazine has placed all its back issues online.

Drowned in Sound profiles the Reykjavik music scene, and lists five hot bands from the city.

The Record wonders who will be a 21st century Dylan for protest music (and if one will ever surface).

Charles Stross has announced he is collaborating on a novel with Cory Doctorow.

The Mix shares a streaming mixtape in honor of Def Jam Records' first 25 years.

Gadling lists 10 landmarks for lovers of Western literature.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital 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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