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May 10, 2012

Shorties (The Branding of Best Coast, Art Spiegelman on Maurice Sendak, and more)

LA Weekly examines the branding of the band Best Coast.

The New Yorker interviews Art Speigelman about his collaboration with Maurice Sendak.

So the strip that was eventually published in The New Yorker is fully a collaboration?

Yes. I planned it like a military campaign. He would draw himself, I would draw myself, and we would work on the backgrounds together. I think it went on for over two days, and it was so much fun for both of us. I mean, this picture-making, it's a very solitary life. So he came to the studio, and, much to my glee, he was a switch-hitter, I was right-handed, so if we just positioned ourselves properly we could draw on the same piece of paper without colliding. And he really was buoyant; he was a real pleasure to have around. Only as I got to know him longer did I find the aspects of him that could be —and he was very aware of it—kvetchy and cranky and disappointed. But we had a really fantastic time together. And for him, it was an opening up.

Orlando Weekly profiles the Heartless Bastards.

It's no surprise that Ohio-born indie darlings the Heartless Bastards made a big splash right away. When the Black Keys' Patrick Carney first started championing them in the early 2000s, frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom and company were bashing out rock & roll with a stout Midwestern garage wallop like an earthier, more soulful sister to the Paybacks. But in the past handful of years, their music has been unfurling richly, tracing the contours of Wennerstrom's personal life, a trek that's entailed upheaval, adjustment, rediscovery and liberation.

The Wall Street Journal ponders the future of multi-volume biographies.

Flavorwire lists the 10 best indie music labels outside the USA.

The Takeaway offers an excerpt from John Irving's new novel In One Person.

Paste lists the 50 best band logos of all time.

Talking Covers is a new blog dedicated to book cover art creation. The first post explores the genesis of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire's artwork.

iThrone is billed as "the almighty iPhone dock and sound amplifier."

Bookworm interviews Etgar Keret about his new short story collection Suddenly, A Knock at the Door.

Fresh Air interviews Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf about his new book Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America.

Author Matt Rees has launched his Poisonville project, where he writes and records songs about crime fiction.

Talk of the Nation interviews Henry Louis Gates about his new anthology, The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader.

On the significance of family trees

"All historians generalize from particulars. And often, if you look at a historian's footnotes, the number of examples of specific cases is very, very small. As we do our family trees, we add specificity to the raw data from which historians can generalize.

"So when you do your family tree and Margaret Cho does hers, and ... Wanda Sykes and John Legend ... we're adding to the database that scholars can then draw from to generalize about the complexity of the American experience. And that's the contribution that family trees make to broader scholarship."

Tastebuds, the online dating site that uses music as a matchmaker.

Cover Browser is an online repository of over 450,000 comic book covers. (via)

Win a copy of Alison Bechdel's new graphic novel Are You My Mother? and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this month's Largehearted Boy contest.

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

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily 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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