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March 21, 2010

Shorties (She and Him, Sam Shepard, and more)

NPR's All Things Considered interviews She and Him's Zoey Deschanel and M. Ward about their new album, Volume Two.

The Guardian profiles author, playwright and actor Sam Shepard.

Perhaps the most astonishing thing of all about Shepard's talent is the sheer range of it. He's risen to the top of his field in almost everything he's tried his hand at, but, despite all the diversions, the acting and the directing and the music playing, he is, at heart, a writer. Who simply can't stop writing. Not one but two of his plays are currently playing in New York – Ages of the Moon, a new work, and A Lie of the Mind, a modish revival directed by Ethan Hawke. On top of which, a new collection of short stories, Day Out of Days, has just been published. It's the kind of success that most writers would maim and kill for, although it's largely beside the point, says Shepard.

Austin Kleon has shared his drawings of yesterday's Largehearted Lit participants Jami Attenberg, Bill Cotter, Stephen Elliott, Alina Simone, and even me (I appeared via video introducing the guests).

Austin's book of "blackout poems," Newspaper Blackout is in stores April 13th.

ARTISTdirect interviews Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins.

The Miami Herald profiles Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

The Huffington Post notes SXSW's informal atmosphere and hpw that affects the musician-fan relationship.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best heroes from children's fiction.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Them Crooked Vultures 13-track self-titled album for $2.99.

The Washington Post recommends graphic novels for beginning readers.

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