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February 23, 2009

Shorties (Lauren Groff, Larkin Grimm, and more)

The Louisville Courier-Journal interviews author Lauren Groff.

Can readers find any clues about your life in the stories?

None of these are autobiographical, but nothing comes from a vacuum. My little sister was an ornithological genius (like the disturbed character "Pot" in the story "Lucky Chow Fun"). She learned to whistle before she learned to speak. There is a piece of delight in me in putting her into a story. But my sister is totally not weird at all. The character is not my sister.

Read Groff's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for her novel, The Monsters of Templeton (one of my favorite novels of 2008), and look for her music playlist for her new short story collection Delicate Edible Birds later this week.

Amazon's new e-book reader, Kindle 2, is in stock and shipping.

PopMatters asks their 20 questions to singer-songwriter Larkin Grimm, whose Parplar was one of my favorite albums of 2008.

Daytrotter's Monday session features singer-songwriter Nellie McKay.

The Times Online examines the business models of streaming music services.

“We think that music has gone from being about ownership to being about access,” Daniel Ek, chief executive and founder of Spotify, said. “I have established that. People listen to more music than ever from a bigger diversity of artists. They don’t care so much any more about actually owning physical CDs, or even downloading, they care about being able to access whatever they want, whenever they want it, wherever they are.”

Enter the Largehearted Boy contest to win the 21-DVD The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus: Collector's Edition Megaset. Simply name your favorite television comedy in a comment for a chance to win.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current has Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons in the studio for a performance and interview.

Mashable lists 18 of the best music Tumblelogs.

Daytrotter's Sunday session featured in-studio mp3s by the Acorn.

The Urban Elitist is interviewing mid-level authors who are able to subsist on their writing alone. The first interview is with Tao Lin.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
daily mp3 downloads
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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