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February 20, 2011

Shorties (Amadou and Mariam, W.S. Merwin, and more)

The Times Live profiles Amadou and Mariam.

While authorities at the Institute for Young Blind in Bamako initially advised the young couple against having a relationship - there were many who felt that a union between two blind people would never work - Amadou and Mariam continued to perform together. Their music became the only way that could declare their love for each other in public.

U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin talks to the Maui News about his life in Hawaii.

The Observer profiles the Pierces.

In fact, the Alabama-raised siblings are about to release their hotly tipped fourth album, You & I, a melodic melange of folk, rock and 70s radio melodies, produced by Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman. Their success has been a long time coming. Perhaps that's why neither of them wants to give me her age. "We're old enough to know better but young enough to do it anyway," says Catherine.

The Observer examines the current state of the music industry.

The music industry has roughly halved in size since the last days of the CD-fuelled peak, when boyband *NSync's No Strings Attached album could sell more than 10m copies in 2000 – but the hope was that one day, digital sales would pick up the growth as CD sales – or "physical" sales, as the industry likes to call them – levelled off. However, in the US, from where all music business trends start, download sales growth has all but stalled, posting just 1% growth throughout all of 2010.

The Daily Bruin interviews Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith.

Music Mom compares Chicago's mayoral candidates by their musical tastes.

The New York Times reviews Deb Olin Unferth's new memoir Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War.

Collapse Board shares a 10 point survival guide for music critics in web 2.0.

Alexander Theroux talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, The Strange Case of Edward Gorey. An excerpt is also shared.

The Observer lists the 10 best protest songs.

The Bat Segundo Show interviews cartoonist Adrian Tomine about his new graphic novel, Scenes from an Impending Marriage.

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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
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