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May 4, 2010

Shorties (Brady Udall, Willie Nelson, and more)

New West interviews Brady Udall about his new novel, The Lonely Polygamist.

The Telegraph interviews Willie Nelson about songwriting, "medicinal" marijuana, and more.

North by Northwestern profiles author (and Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor) Cristina Henriquez.

The Vancouver Sun profiles the New Pornographers.

Author Jodi Picoult talks to the Telegraph.

"What kills me about the whole commercial/literary debate is that what we consider to be the classics were the commercial literature of their day. Shakespeare, Dickens or Austin – they were all widely read. It's a good point, right?"

Wolf Parade drummer Arlen Thompson talks to Spinner about the band's forthcoming album, Expo 86.

Pavement guitarist Scott Kannberg talks to the Scotsman about the band's reunion tour.

The May issue of Bookslut is online, and includes interviews with Maria Finn and Sonya Chung.

Pitchfork reviews the new Baby Dee album, A Book of Songs for Anne Marie, giving the disc a 7.9/10.

Songs arrives more than six years in the making, and it's the sort of record that-- both for its enchanting arrangements and its presiding theme of using love to fend off evil, sadness, or, at the very least, darkness and cold-- should finally help Dee earn notice equal to that of her contemporaries.

The Boston Herald reviews daniel Clowes' new graphic novel, Wilson.

Paste lists its 25 most anticipated summer albums.

Philip Pullman talks to NPR's Morning Edition about his new novel, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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