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October 31, 2011

Shorties (Stream the New David Lynch Album, Charles Dickens, and more)

Stream the new David Lynch album, Crazy Clown Time (out November 8th) at NPR.

Salon reviews the new biography Charles Dickens: A Life.

The Guardian shares a brief history of headphones.

The Daily Mirror offers a travel guide to Tintin's Brussels.

Stream Laura Veirs' new album, Tumble Bee (out November 8th), at NPR.

Time and the Guardian review the new Haruki Murakami novel, 1Q84.

USA Today profiles Florence + the Machine's Florence Welch.

LAist interviews author Mark Z. Danielewski about the live adaptation of his poetry collection The Fifty Year Sword.

As part of its Quarantining the Past series, Prefix looks back on Sonic Youth's Goo album.

At the Guardian Tom McCarthy, author of Tintin and the Secret of Literature, reviews Steven Spielberg's Tintin film.

Here, though, everything that found its form so well in Herge's remix loses it catastrophically in Spielberg's. The slapstick – oars swinging round and bumping on heads, feet tripping on cats, and so on – is gauche and anachronistic. The plot (Herge, like his almost-exact contemporary Hitchcock, was an absolute master of this) is hole-ridden and ridiculous (for what it's worth, it involves a kind of cut-'n'-shut weld of the plots of The Secret of the Unicorn and The Crab with the Golden Claws). The action sequences are not grounded in any credible reality.

Pop & Hiss reviews the new Metallica and Lou Reed collaboration, Lulu.

The Observer ponders the future of the novel in the age of computer games. (via)

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Zee Avi's Ghostbird album.

The New York Times shares the short history of the American Book Awards.

Singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Win the new Steve Jobs biography 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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