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October 27, 2011

Shorties (Sebadoh, Gary Shteyngart, and more)

Lou Barlow talks to Cincinnati CityBeat about the Sebadoh reunion.


The Atlantic interviews Gary Shetyngart about his novel Super Sad Love Story.

Kuntz: It's a very postliterate world. There's data and there's snippets of text, but no one reads or writes. Books have been either banned or abandoned.

Shteyngart: They haven't been banned. Oh no, they've just been abandoned. The 20th-century nightmare scenario where books were burned has been replaced by the 21st-century scenario, where nobody really cares enough to burn them. Literature is no longer considered a threat. Literature's no longer considered to be something that can change the world, that can change the opinions of anyone, except for a very small group of intellectuals.


Spinner lists the 21 most surprisingly creepy music videos in rock and roll history.


The Huffington Post recommends scary good indie books for Halloween.


WEEKEND shares a streaming (on Spotify) Halloween mixtape.


If Haruki Murakami’s New Book Were Sold Like a Video Game.


At GQ, John Sellers interviews PJ Harvey.


The Rumpus interviews Laura Miller about literary criticism and writing nonfiction.


On sale for $1.99 at Amazon MP3: Jens Lekman's latest EP An Argument with Myself.


USA Today notes the rise of profanity in book titles.


Phantogram visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


BBC News examines the story behind the illustrations of The Joy of Sex.


In celebration of its eleventh anniversary, Drowned in Sound is listing its top albums of 2000.


The New York Times reviews two children's books inspired by protest songs, Blowin' in the Wind and Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song.


The Record responds to the New York magazine piece that asserted that indie music has become the new adult contemporary.


Fresh Air interviews Walter Isaacson about his new book, Steve Jobs: A Biography.


Win Haruki Murakamki's new novel 1Q84 and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
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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