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April 28, 2011

Shorties (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Literary One Hit Wonders, and more)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Telegraph lists the leading literary one hit wonders.

At She Writes, Tayari Jones lists five things she wishes she had known when she published her first book.

At Spin, Glee's Darren Criss recommends 5 "must-hear" indie bands.

The New York Press reviews the new collection of Ellen Willis music essays, Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music.

Toro Magazine interviews Josiah Johnson of The Head and the Heart.

At NPR, author William Lychack shares his love for William Maxwell's book So Long, See You Tomorrow.

Prefix interviews singer-songwriter Jason Isbell about his new album, Here We Rest.

Backbeat interviews singer-songwriter John Vanderslice.

Up on the Sun shares the top 10 indefensible "your music sucks" comments.

The Daily Beast reviews Arthur Phillips' new novel, The Tragedy of Arthur.

It's the most ambitious book on Shakespeare I've come across in many years because it so deeply engages questions that matter. Does Shakespeare somehow invent us, or do we invent him? What exactly is Shakespearean—and what makes his work seemingly inimitable? (If you think it's easy imitating a Shakespeare play, try it; the last time anyone attempted such a hoax was back in the 1790s, when a teenager named William Henry Ireland forged a Shakespeare play called Vortigern and briefly fooled a lot of smart people.) Why do we identify so powerfully with Shakespeare's characters? And why do we feel the need to find his life in his works? If you are haunted by such questions. you’ll find The Tragedy of Arthur a compulsively fascinating read.

The New York Times offers an excerpt from the book.

Soundcrane is a 19-track compilation album of Australian acts covering Japanese musicians to benefit earthquake relief.

Tablet profiles Amy Winehouse.

Stereogum recommends indie rock-related books for your summer reading.

The Record examines the current trend of social science analysis of pop charts.

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