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June 23, 2011

Shorties (Amanda Palmer, Pottermore, and more)

am New York takes a tour of singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer's Boston apartment.

Wired UK weighs in on J.K. Rowling's proprietary platform for publishing the e-books of the Harry Potter series, Pottermore, calling it "publishing's Radiohead moment."

B Free Daily interviews John Linnell of They Might Be Giants.

Fictionaut interviews author Roddy Doyle.

The Huffington Post is streaming The Real Tuesday Weld's soundtrack album for Glen Duncan's novel The Last Werewolf.

Reverb lists its top 10 albums of 2011 (so far).

The Santa Barbara Independent interviews Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle.

You've spoken about how you envisioned the Mountain Goats as a fairly small project, something that not a lot of people would hear. Are you comfortable with the idea of 19,000 people following you on Twitter?

In my head when I'm writing, it's still always a small thing — I don't think of myself as a guy who’s got 19,000 people interested in hearing what I have to say. I sort of always cling to the idea that whatever I'm writing, I'll just be playing at the Pitzer open-mike night on Sunday. It's kind of a meditative practice keeping that scenario in mind, but I think when songwriters start thinking, "I have something to say now. Lots of people are listening," that's almost always bad for their craft. Clem Snide have a song about this called "Moment in the Sun." For me, it's sort of crucial to imagine that I'm working in secret, that nobody'll ever hear what I’m doing.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Sarah Jarosz's Follow Me Down album.

The Days of Yore interviews author Tom McCarthy.

Exclaim! lists its 10 most anticipated albums of 2011.

At the Barnes & Noble Review, author Sue Miller recommends three books that "share an attentiveness to the tragicomic variety of human experience."

YACHT plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Author Shann Ray interviews himself at The Nervous Breakdown.

Morning Edition interviews Bon Iver's Justin Vernon about his new self-titled album.

NPR reviews Jim Woodring's new graphic novel Congress of the Animals.

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Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's new comics & graphic novels)
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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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