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June 5, 2010

Shorties (Bonnaroo, Robert Lowell, and more)

NPR Music shares a streaming mix of artists playing this year's Bonnaroo music festival.

see also: mp3 and lossless downloads from previous Bonnaroo music festivals


The Boston Globe marks the golden anniversary of Robert Lowell's poem, "The Union Dead."

Boston has never been an especially poetical place, as New York can be or San Francisco is. It's too small, too pinched, too prosaic with its "bricky air," as Robert Lowell wrote in his poem "The Public Garden." Yet Boston can lay claim to a poetic masterpiece specific to itself, a poem for which it provides both setting and inspiration. It’s Lowell's "For the Union Dead." Both tribute and indictment, it’s a poem that still speaks to what makes Boston the city it is.


Rocks Off lists the seven most polarizing albums in recent history.


Variety examines the hurdles in getting a literary book adapted to film.

"The pressure now seems to be not just that the book is a bestseller, it has to be a mega-bestseller," says Richard Curtis, prexy of lit agency Richard Curtis Associates. "The publishing and movie businesses are converging, and they both have the same thing in common: They're running scared."


The New York Post profiles Miniature Tigers.

Layers of pianos, buttery choral backings and quick falsetto vocals warm the spaces in each track on the bands new album "Fortress." The Phoenix born and Brooklyn based band recently released their new single "Gold Skull" (download below), produced by Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo, and shortly after the music blogs began a-buzzin'. Since then, I have scoured the land for anything from these four lads I could get my hands on and each treasure I found was better than the last.


Ward Six lists 10 writers over 80 to go back and read.


CNN ponders what will be 2010's song of the summer.


HOBART hosts a roundtable discussion of authors about publishing their first books.


Vogue recommends 10 summer "must-read" books, including Emily St. John Mandel's novel, The Singer's Gun.


Flavorwire lists seven new London bands you have to hear.


At All Things Considered, Ayelet Waldman shares three books for a more honest view of motherhood.


CultureLab interviews the forensic astronomer who solved the mystery behind Walt Whitman's poem, "Year of Meteors, 1859-1860."


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also at Largehearted Boy:

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
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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