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March 1, 2009

Shorties (Cursive, Flannery O'Connor, and more)

Download the new Cursive album, Mama, I'm Swollen (out March 10th on CD) for $1 at Saddle Creek or the band's website. The price will increase $1 a day until the album's physical release.

In Commentary, Terry Teachout reevaluates the career of Flannery O'Connor.

That an author who published only two short novels and twenty stories (not counting student work) in her lifetime should now be the subject of such posthumous acclaim is the stuff reevaluations are made of. Might some of the attention now being paid to O’Connor and her modest oeuvre arise from the fact that she died so young? Or could it be that certain of her admirers are going out of their way to praise a writer who—unlike the once-big literary guns of the 50’s—was a woman?

The Miami Herald and Boston Globe review Brad Gooch's recently published O'Connor biography, Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor.

The Hartford Courant examines how independent bands and writers are perceived differently than their major label/publishing house peers (and from each other).

In music, DIY is a source of credibility for acts that take pride in circumventing the music machine and the compromises often required to release an album through a record company, especially one of the major labels. With books, by contrast, do-it-yourselfers are usually regarded with skepticism, if not outright derision, when they pay to publish their own work through what is disdainfully referred to as a "vanity press."

nyctaper shares mp3s of the Circle of Buzzards (Jason Loewenstein and Bob D’Amico) Thursday night Brooklyn performance.

NPR's All Things Considered features singer-songwriter Ben Kweller with an interview and in-studio performance.

Newsweek profiles author John Cheever,

T-shirts of the day: these Banksy designs

Download (or stream) the most popular songs at Daytrotter.

The Observer and the Guardian profile comics writer Alan Moore.

NPR's All Things Considered excerpts from James Lever's fictional biography of Tarzan's sidekick Me, Cheeta: My Life in Hollywood.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats playing an acoustic version of "Woke Up New" (with guest vocals by author Tobias Wolff):

Enter the latest Largehearted Boy contest and win another copy of the 21-DVD Monty Python Collector's Edition Megaset.

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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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