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July 31, 2011

Shorties (New Bowie Biography, Top Fictional Journalists, and more)

All Things Considered interviews Paul Trynka about his new David Bowie biography, David Bowie: Starman.

Paste lists its 10 favorite fictional journalists.

The Telegraph explores the appeal of thriller fiction.

At Salon, William Lavender discusses becoming a thriller writer.

Here, then, is how the young writer evolves -- I mean truly evolves, sloughs the old skin and gets to a point in his craft where he understands what it is he wants to elicit in the reader. I saw in "Oblivion" a chance to fuse what I had once loved (the aggressive, sardonic style of modern literary writers) onto this new thing (books that are written for the purpose of pure pleasure). In 2007 I began a short story called "Polly." My son, then 2 years old, sat on the couch beside me while I wrote. I had no idea what I was doing, but I did know one thing: this was no disguise. What I was writing came from something that felt immediate, fresh, right.

NPR is streaming live video from this weekend's Newport Folk Festival.

The Free Music Archive now hosts 37,768 free and legal mp3s to download and/or stream from a vast variety of genres.

Weekend Edition interviews Clyde Edgerton about his new novel, Night Train.

Read Edgerton's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist essay for the book.

Coming September 27th: Pink Floyd's The Discovery Studio Album Box Set, which includes remastered editions of the band's 14 studio albums as well as a 60-page book.

Miroslav Penkov talks to All Things Considered about his new short story collection, East of the West.

Read Penkov's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist essay for the book.

Weekend Edition notes that the 2012 London Olympics are using the Clash's "London Calling" to advertise the event.

The BBC News Magazine also weighs in on the odd pairing.

Follow me on Twitter, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
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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