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August 15, 2009

Shorties (Lev Grossman, The Business of Woodstock, and more)

Lev Grossman talks to the Los Angeles Times about his new novel, The Magician.

Billboard examines the still thriving business of Woodstock.

For Woodstock's 40th anniversary -- officially August 15-18 -- the breadth of projects and merchandise is staggering. Rhino and Sony will deliver albums of performances, Warner Bros. will release the original film and the Ang Lee-directed narrative feature "Taking Woodstock," VH1 and the History Channel will air a documentary by Barbara Koppel, several publishers will release books, Target will sell anniversary-themed merchandise, and Sony is launching a social networking/e-commerce site,

The Collagist, an online literary journal from Dzanc Books, is now online. The first issue contains fiction by Kim Chinquee, nonfiction by Ander Monson, and an excerpt from Laird Hunt's new novel, Ray of the Star.

On sale at Amazon MP3 Warren Zevon's classic 13-track Excitable Boy album for $2.99.

Gorilla vs. Bear names its albums of the decade (2000-2009).

Metromix Connecticut interviews Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards.

The Associated Press reports that even Bob Dylan gets hassled by the police.

Cracked offers its take on indie music, including a flowchart.

The Book Bench lists 7 essential fantasy books.

The NEA lists 50 multicultural books every child should read.

Win two of the year's best graphic novels (Johnny Hiro by Fred Chao and George Sprott by Seth) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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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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