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April 8, 2008


MSN profiles the Glastonbury music festival.

With reports that tickets are still available more than 24 hours after going on sale (they sold out within hours in previous years) and unconfirmed rumours that headliner Jay-Z is pulling out in protest at the mixed reaction to his announcement, could the British public's love affair with Glastonbury be on the wane?

The Chicago Tribune examines the positive effects of music festivals on the music industry.

The Orange Prize has announced its 2008 shortlist:

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna
The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Liebenberg

see also: Lauren Groff's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for The Monsters of Templeton

Cokie Roberts talks to NPR's Morning Edition about her new book, Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Country.

In her book, Roberts dispels the myth that "first ladies just sat around tending to their tea and tatting" until Eleanor Roosevelt took up residence in the White House. Abigail Adams, for instance, lobbied fiercely for the Alien and Sedition Acts because "she thought that the press was just too terrible to her husband." The four bills, passed in 1798, limited criticism of the government and tightened restrictions on foreign-born residents.

NPR's Bryant Park Project features in-studio video performances by the Dodos.

AfterEllen's Browne's Blog lists the best and worst album titles.

The 2008 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced.

The Catbirdseat finds that "hands" has replaced "wolf" as the predominant "band name constructor term" for indie bands. is online, and streaming the Pixies documentary LoudQUIETLoud for a week.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Salon's poetry audio archive.

Bookslut's April issue is online, complete with interviews of author David Gessner and poet Galway Kinnell.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features Mark Everett of Eels with an in-studio performance and interviews.

NPR's All Things Considered examines Philip Roth's classic novel Portnoy's Complaint as the book turns 40 this year,

Nearly 40 years ago, a character burst onto the public stage unlike any the American public had seen before. He was smart and funny and over-the-top neurotic. His name was Alexander Portnoy, a creation of the writer Philip Roth.

The Futurist recaps the WOXY Lounge Acts performance by Chocolate Horses.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 online music lists
Daily Downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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