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August 1, 2011

Shorties (The Arcade Fire, Martin Amis, and more)

The Daily Beast is streaming the expanded deluxe edition of the Arcade Fire's The Suburbs album (out tomorrow).

Slate offers tips for Brooklyn living to author Martin Amis.

The Guardian looks back on 30 years of MTV.

The Observer interviews historian Simon Schama about his new essay collection Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Ice Cream, Obama, Churchill and My Mother.

Is all essay writing showing off?

In a sense. Even Orwell showed off in his incredibly severe, beautiful, crystalline way. But I suppose at my best I'd like to think I show off more like someone like William Hazlitt, who was this incredible acrobat. Critic, parliamentary reporter, sportswriter. You need a bit of fleetness of foot to pull that off.

Stream live performances from this past weekend's Newport Folk Festival at NPR, including shows by Gillian Welch, The Decemberists, Mountain Man, Justin Townes Earle, and others.

Isak shares a reading list for writers of narrative nonfiction.

The Daily Herald interviews Kristin Hersh.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best literary haunts in Edinburgh.

Flavorwire lists eight major transformations in music.

The August issue of Bookslut is online, and includes interviews with Ry Kesey, Matthew Henriksen, and much more.

Drowned in Sound shares a Spotify playlist of its songs of the year so far.

Tahmima Anam talks to All Things Considered about her new novel The Good Muslim.

Amazon MP3 has 100 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, literature, and pop culture)

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