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April 15, 2011

Shorties (Bob Dylan, Chuck Klosterman, and more)

The Independent excerpts from Robert Shelton's newly expanded biography of Bob Dylan, No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan.


The A.V. Club Twin Cities interviews Chuck Klosterman.


American Indians in Children's Literature is a blog that "provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society."


NME interviews Johnny Marr about the Record Store Day vinyl reissue of the Smiths' The Queen Is Dead album.


The Washington Post reviews Francisco Goldman's new novel Say Her Name.

Goldman's long cry of pain seems more like memoir than novel. The use of real names, the apparent cleaving to historical facts, the relentless attentiveness to detail and feeling — all suggest that tenebrous realm we've come to know through the eloquence of Joan Didion and Joyce Carol Oates. Regardless of form, Goldman shares their dark territory.


The Lincoln Journal Star interviews singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle about his album Harlem River Blues.

GZ: It's a really Southern-sounding record about New York City.

Earle: "I had my eye on Woody Guthrie when I was making this record -- in a big way -- while also paying close attention to the Carter Family and the Staple Singers at the same time. There's a connection between the Carter Family and the Staple Singers, and it's the church. The difference is one was black, one was white. ... They were all coming from the same place, being poor families that got into music for the love of God."


The Cornell Daily Sun lists fabulously flawed fictional figures.


Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner talks to the Baltimore Sun about the band's latest album, Civilian.


The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize shortlist has been named.


The Boston Globe ponders the future of album art as digital music downloads increase in popularity.


The Independent and New York Times review David Foster Wallace's posthumous novel, The Pale King.


WFMU's Beware of the Blog points out three songs written by the Ramones for Steel Reserve beer.


Full Stop interviews author Elif Batuman.

The Independent reviews her latest book, The Possessed.


Tomorrow is Record Store Day, visit your local independent record store and join in the festivities.


The longlist for the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction has been announced.

The Guardian discusses the longlist.


DIY interviews Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls about the band's new album, Share the Joy.


Page Turner interviews Wilfred Santiago about his graphic novel 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente.


60 Second Recap offers short videos about classic books.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Amy Winehouse's Back to Black album.


NPR reviews and excerpts from Meghan O'Rourke's new memoir The Long Goodbye.


The Record analyzes 2011's U.S. summer music festivals.


The Rumpus interviews Sigrid Nunez about her new book, Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag.


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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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