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May 24, 2009

Shorties (Free Coldplay Album, New Gabriel Garcia Marquez Biography, and more)

Coldplay is offering a free download of its live album, Left Right Left Right Left in return for your e-mail address.

The Seattle Times reviews the new book, Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life, by Gerald Martin

Happy 68th birthday, Bob Dylan.

The New York Daily News adds a 5 star glowing review to the growing recommendations for Grizzly Bear's new Veckatimest album.

Imagine Simon and Garfunkel applying their pretty, fraternal voices to a tune that keeps veering into chords odd enough to have been written by Jeff Buckley. Or conjure Crosby, Stills and Nash - if only they drew as much from chamber and choral music as from folk-rock.

The Miami Herald reviews Danzy Senna's new memoir, Where Did You Sleep Last Night?.

Senna's spare style allows her to maintain control of this emotionally painful material. Although the narrative is jumpy and fragmented, its energy never flags. Her descriptive skills are precise, with humor and humanity shining through at unexpected moments. An impressive feat, packing so much into a short book.

Look for Senna's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book on Tuesday.

io9 lists 13 books that will change the way you look at robots.

On sale at Amazon MP3 for 99 cents: the Grateful Dead's 8-track From the Mars Hotel album.

NPR's Weekend Edition interviews Booker T. Jones about his new album, Potato Hole.

At the Times Online, Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr creates a playlist of songs that inspire him.

The Telegraph notes the difference between song lyrics and poetry, at least with regard to Morrissey's songwriting.

Morrissey isn't a poet. He doesn't write poetry; he writes song lyrics. The two are not as different as chalk and cheese, but they are at least as different as Brie and Dairylea.

The Times Online examines the future of books and electronic reading.

This week's Largehearted Boy contest gives away six new classic short story collections, including books by Herman Melville, Dostoyevsky, Willa Cather, Stephen Crane, Oscar Wilde, and Leo Tolstoy.

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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