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August 28, 2011

Shorties (tUnE-yArDs, C.S. Lewis, and more)

The Observer profiles Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs.

That's where painting her face to perform comes in. "It's a bit like I'm about to go into a battle of some sorts. Lately I've realised that it's really intense work. I feel like I access a lot of energy and it affects a lot of people. I'm not doing this for the guy in the third row who's frowning, and I'm not doing this for the record labels who used to be judging me, it really has to be about my connection to something higher."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette visits the Oxford of C.S. Lewis.

All Things Considered profiles singer-songwriter Imelda May.

Imelda May is an Irish singer whose music straddles the line between rockabilly and blues. That's an intriguing mix, though not the most natural fit for mainstream radio. May says that when she began her recording career, the advice she received was less than encouraging.

Singularity Hub reviews several interactive eBooks.

Today's free song at Amazon MP3 is Wye Oak's "Holy Holy."

The Columbia Daily Tribune profiles an art show inspired by stories from the anthology Hint Fiction.

The Los Angeles Times examines technology's effects on classical music.

The San Antonio Express previews fall's new books.

The National profiles TripleW, a music website dedicated to promoting Middle Eastern bands.

The Observer profiles author Michael Ondaatje.

The eyes of Michael Ondaatje, prize-winning author of The English Patient, are a baffling window on the inner man: the brilliant, pale sapphires of a witty Dutch burgher set in a 68-year-old Tamil frame. As he says of himself and his work, "I am a mongrel of place. Of race. Of cultures. Of many genres." An interview with Ondaatje is a playful compendium of anecdote, on-the-hoof cultural criticism and crafty conversational shape-shifting. "Charm" is a dangerous word, but an hour or two with Michael Ondaatje is a beguiling experience.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3 today is Dawes' Nothing Is Wrong album.

Comics Should Be Good lists 52 responses to DC Comics' decision to reboot all their series back to issue #1.

Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, books, 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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