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May 1, 2011

Shorties (The Monkees, Anne Enright, and more)

Members of the Monkees talk to the Guardian about their 1968 film, Head.

Davy Jones doesn't really want to talk about Head. The former Monkees heartthrob is happy to talk about his old home in Manchester, his new home in Florida, his racehorses, his theatre career – anything, basically, except the cryptic, psychedelic art movie that, in 1968, marked the end of the Monkees' short tenure as the biggest rock band in America. "We were pawns in something we helped create but had no control over," he says crossly. "We should have made Ghostbusters, OK?"

Anne Enright talks to the Observer about life after winning the Booker prize.

"Well, I've heard people, usually writers, say that no one wrote a great book after winning the Booker, but I honestly did not feel any big pressure. The Gathering did hang over me in that it was darker than I thought at the time. I wrote it at a desk in a small room that I have not been back to since. It was a quite unpleasant place to be in some ways, just personally for me, and I wanted to close the door on that and to move on. This is an altogether less uneasy read and intentionally so."

The National explores the indie music of Montreal.

The Observer delves into the secret life of libraries.

The Guardian shares a collection of bookplates through the years.

The Delmarav Now examines how libraries are filling the music void left by closed independent record stores.

The Miami Herald reviews Arthur Phillips' new novel, The Tragedy of Arthur.

The Observer profiles Kinks frontman Ray Davies.

The Telegraph ponders why Harper Lee Harper Lee only wrote one novel.

The Guardian explains how indie musicians raised Johnny Cash from country music star to culture icon.

Chester Brown talks to the National Post about his new graphic novel, Paying for It.

The New York Times examines how writers have handled self-promotion over the years.

The Observer lists the 10 best British indie record labels.

The Guardian shares a previously lost short story by Daphne Du Maurier.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album.

Jo Ann Beard talks to Weekend Edition about her new novel, In Zanesville.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reviews the book.

Thanks to Beard's precocious narrator, her dead-on emotional observations, and sparkling writing, In Zanesville captures all the terror and the wonder of being 14. This memorable novel deserves its own spot on the bookshelf of coming-of-age literature.

The Cars' Ric Ocasek talks to All Things Considered about the band's reunion tour and new album, Move Like This.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
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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)
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