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March 1, 2011

Shorties (Tom Waits, Best Counterculture Books, and more)

Morning Edition profiles singer-songwriter Tom Waits.


The Guardian lists the 10 best counterculture books.


On sale at Amazon MP3: DeVotchKa's new 100 Lovers album.


The Wall Street Journal profiles poet Richard Wilbur.

Why Mr. Wilbur is not more nationally beloved or imitated is perplexing. Clive James favors the suppression theory: Mr. Wilbur's virtuosity in meter and rhyme so daunted his contemporaries returning from World War II that he had to be belittled or ignored. "Anyone capable of appreciating his artistry was helpless not to emulate it, and emulation guaranteed mediocrity," according to Mr. James.


PopMatters interviews Lucinda Williams about her new album, Blessed.


Fantasy Fiction interviews author China Mieville.


Yep Roc Records interviews Nick Lowe about recording his 1979 album, Labour of Lust (a remastered edition will be released March 15th).


The Paris Review interviews Justin Taylor about his new novel, The Gospel of Anarchy.


American Laundromat Records has a new Smiths tribute album coming this fall, Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to the Smiths.


The Open Road Integrated Media Blog profiles author Andre Dubus.


Live Music Guide lists the 11 most sampled music artists of all time.


The Quietus interviews Gossip's Beth Ditto.


Amazon MP3 has a new selection of 100 digital albums on sale for $5 this month.


Drowned in Sound interviews Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys about his solo album, Hotel Shampoo.


NewPages offers a comprehensive list of literary magazines.


All Songs Considered interviews Jack White about his record label, Third Man Records.


NPR reviews and excerpts from the new Frank Sinatra biography by James Kaplan, Frank: The Voice.


Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

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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