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April 19, 2011

Shorties (Female Singers Every Man Should Listen To, Beverly Cleary, and more)

Esquire's annual music issue has hit the newsstands. My favorite article? Carrie Brownstein's list of five female singers every man should listen to.


The New York Times examines the "ageless appeal of Beverly Cleary."


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3:

!!!'s Strange Weather, Isn't It? album
The Avett Brothers' Emotionalism album
Bear Hands' Burning Bush Supper Club album
Bibio's Mind Bokeh album
Drive-By Truckers' Go-Go Boots album
Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest album
Jason Isbell's Here We Rest album
Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt album
The Smithereens' 2011 album
Those Darlins' Screws Get Loose album


PopMatters explores the law and culture if digital music sampling.


The West Australian profiles author Lev Grossman.


Alan Paul lists the 10 best southern rock albums.


The Denver Post lists 10 ways digital books are changing our literary lives.


The chairman of the Orange Prize discusses gender equality in literary fiction in the Telegraph.


At Speakeasy, Teddy Wayne shares his encounter with David Foster Wallace.


BU Today interviews author Walter Mosley.


The Guardian reports that Salman Rushdie has curated hotel room libraries for the Standard Hotel in New York.


Paste shares videos of 10 epic live music collaborations.


Elif Batuman discusses her book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, with the Herald.


Rhett Miller of the Old 97's talks to Spinner.


Brain Pickings lists five books on the psychology of love.


William Shatner has announced the tracklist and guest musicians for his forthcoming covers album, Searching for Major Tom.


Fresh Air interviews Amy Ellis Nutt about her book, Shadows Bright as Glass: The Remarkable Story of One Man's Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph.


Slate profiles the band Girlyman.


CarolineLeavittville interviews a fifteen year-old book blogger.


Singer-songwriter Haley Bonar visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


At Goodreads, Blake Butler shares his favorite surrealist reads.


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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