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April 20, 2010

Shorties (Gogol Bordello, Molly Ringwald, and more)

Gogol Bordello is streaming its new album Trans-Continental Hustle (out April 27th) in its entirety at the band's MySpace page.

Mother Jones interviews Molly Ringwald about her film career and writing her first book, Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick.

MJ: What are some of the books that helped ground you?

MR: I remember reading Nine Stories on the school bus when we were doing the bus scene in Sixteen Candles. But I read Catcher in the Rye when I was 14 and I think that was really my entre, as it is for a lot of young people, into books. Before then, you’re sort of at school and you’re into these "young adult" kinds of books, and then all of a sudden here’s a real book. It’s about young people, but there’s that distinction between a young adult book and a real book. And I think once you sort of cross over and you realize what books can be—and if they mean something to you—there’s just no stopping you. So then I read everything by J.D. Salinger, and from there to Fitzgerald and then Hemingway, and then I moved onto the Russians, War and Peace…The wonderful thing about books is you never run out of them, you can just keep going. So I’m always finding new writers, or old writers that I just happen not to have read. As much as I’ve read, there’s always huge black holes of writers I’ve never read.

Hope Larson has announced she is writing an illustrating a graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle.

Artcetera evaluates Rolling Stone's list of 40 reasons to get excited about music (the magazine's current cover story).

The Free Music Archive now shares 19,262 free and legal and streamable mp3 downloads.

Shout Out Louds frontman Adam Olenius talks to PopMatters about the band's latest album, Work.

The Guardian Books Blog examines the search for meaning in fantasy fiction.

With the growing profile of distinctive writers such as Neil Gaiman and China Miéville, and the "smuggling" of fantasy into literary fiction by (among others) Haruki Murakami and David Mitchell, the fantastic is making a comeback in mainstream literature. Acclaimed cult writers such as Graham Joyce, Jeffrey Ford, Margo Lanagan, Martin Millar, Kelly Link, Jeff VanderMeer and many others are taking fantasy in more personalised and distinctive directions. And at the grassroots, short fiction magazines like Weird Tales, Electric Velocipede, Clarkesworld and Fantasy are giving a platform to an emerging generation of writers who are serious about fantasy.

Bostonist interviews singer-songwriter Owen Pallett.

Vanity Fair interviews Sarah Silverman about her new book, The Bedwetter.

Spin lists America's 15 best indie record stores.

The New Yorker examines the iPad's impact on book publishing.

eMusic lists 10 underrated Led Zeppelin songs.

The 2010 Locus Awards finalists have been named. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes participants Jeff VanderMeer, Jedediah Berry, Libba Bray, and James Morrow.

The Orange Prize has named the shortlist for its 2010 award.

Faber & Faber offers excerpts (the first chapters) from shortlisted novels The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver and A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore.

Win the new Willie Mays biography, Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
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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