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November 17, 2011

Shorties (Superchunk, Ann Beattie, and more)

At the A.V. Club, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan discusses and performs his song "Digging for Something."

USA Today interviews Ann Beattie about her new novel, Mrs. Nixon.

Bookworm also interviews Beattie.

Slate lists the best live albums.

Author Ann Patchett talks to All Things Considered about opening an independent bookstore in Nashville.

"Compared to the two bookstores that closed here in Nashville in the last year — Borders and Davis-Kidd [Booksellers], which were both over 30,000 square feet — yes, we are a shoebox of a bookstore [at 2,500 square feet]. But this is the way bookstores used to be. This is the bookstore of my childhood, and I feel fantastic being back here."

The New York Times also profiles Patchett.

The Takeaway interviews Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy about his children's book Wildwood.

Salon interviews author Jonathan Lethem.

Someone like Jonathan Franzen would be the embodiment of that idea of a major novelist; he publishes big, serious books, infrequently. What are the other things a major novelist is supposed to do?

Ignore critics is obviously one of them. I came to see it as a strange, very Kabuki kind of thing, very performative. Your job is to have a lot to say up to a point. We want our novelists to be voluble and strong-minded and have opinions and impress us with their command of cultural matters. Then they publish a novel and are supposed to fall silent and become a bulletin board upon which things are tacked.

The Hollywood Reporter explains how electronic music "moved the masses in 2011."

The Guardian lists 10 of the best books set in Las Vegas.

Heard Mentality recommends five great indie rock albums for autumn.

Slate explores the commercial success of author Haruki Murakami.

I Like Music interviews singer-songwriter Ane Brun.

Macleans examines the current trend of literary writers delving into genre fiction.

The New Zealand Herald interviews St. Vincent's Annie Clark.

The National Book Awards were announced last night.

NPR featured readings from the five finalists for fiction.

At BlackBook, Sarah Silverman lists her favorite heartbreak songs.

Members of R.E.M. discuss the band's breakup with All Things Considered.

Bassist Mike Mills remembers the band's first rehearsal at Spinner and is interviewed by the A.V. Club.

Win Bill Clinton's new book Back to Work and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 holiday albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital 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)

Online "Best Books of 2011" Online Lists

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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