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November 11, 2011

Shorties (Marketa Irglova, Stephen King, and more)

Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

At ArtsBeat, filmmaker Errol Morris interviews author Stephen King.

The Albany Times Union interviews Feelies frontman Glenn Mercer about the state of the music industry and songwriting.

The L Magazine interviews author Jim Shepard.

At the A.V. Club Chicago, drummer Mike Kinsella lists his 10 favorite air drum anthems.

The A.V. Club suggests entry points into the novels of Terry Pratchett.

Twitter Music Trends lists the top musical artists by recent Twitter mentions.

The Guardian examines Alice Munro's short stories.

Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum discuss their new book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution with Studio 360.

Comic Book Resources interviews the cartoonist Seth.

The New Hampshire Union Leader profiles singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Jean Strouse's new book Alice James: A Biography.

Drowned in Sound shares two exclusive My Brightest Diamond demo tracks.

Chip Kidd talks to Newsarama about writing a Batman comic.

"I've wanted to write a Batman story all my life but I never really thought about what it'd be if I was ever given the opportunity. It was a happy dilemma," says the writer/designer. "Once I had the offer in front of me, I had to create and outline and all that. In some ways I knew too much, as I knew his entire history and everything that’s been done with the character so finding a story was daunting. In comics and publishing I'm basically known as a designer, so when the title 'Batman: Death by Design' popped into my head I realized it could be a story about Batman's world from some kind of design perspective."

Win the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook 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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