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February 28, 2012

Shorties (Band Names from Children's Literature, Bookstores in Libraries, and more)

The A.V. Club Chicago lists band names derived from children's literature.

The Boston Globe notes the rise in bookstores inside libraries.

The Atlantic examines how Birmingham, Alabama became an indie rock destination.

The Huffington Post lists the best book-to-film adaptations.

Flavorwire creates a literary mixtape for Randle McMurphy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

The A.V. Club lists 15 unadaptable film adaptations of "unadaptable" books and 17 successful ones.

The Guardian Music Blog interviews Robin Seamer of the music blog Breaking More Waves.

At The Browser, author Jonathan Evison lists the 10 books he feels best capture the spirit of the American West.

PopMatters interviews The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

"We don't want to be the end of the dialogue, we want to be the beginning," singer and fiddler Rhiannon Giddens tells me over the phone from North Carolina as the band prepares to tour in support of its new album, Leaving Eden. As an example of that dialogue, Giddens offers the history of the banjo, a crucial component in black string band music and often assumed to be exclusively a white, bluegrass instrument. "Just saying black people were the only people playing the banjo for the first hundred years of its existence—that's a huge statement, you know? It's a fact, and that makes a lot of other questions come into being: 'What does that mean? What came next? How can I find out more about this?' Which is what we want."

Fresh Air interviews Craig Timberg about his new book Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It.

am New York interviews Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn about his solo album.

What do NYC bookstores have that London's lack?

Pitchfork examines the rise of "indie classical" music.

CNET explains how piracy buit the U.S. publishing industry.

Comic Heroes magazine readers list their top 10 comic heroes of all time.

Fast Company lists the world's 10 most innovative music companies.

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks to Morning Edition about his new book Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier.

Singer-songwriter Frank Turner visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Fresh Air interviews Jim Yardley about his new book Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing.

Drowned in Sound interviews St. Vincent's Annie Clark about her latest album, Strange Mercy.

The New York Daily News has the backstory on Eugene O'Neill's lost play Exorcism, which is finally published today.

NPR is streaming Julia Holter's new album Ekstasis (out March 13th).

Business Insider notes the influence of New York Times and NPR features on recently published book sales.

The eight most famous college concerts of all time.

Win two of 2012's best books, Amelia Gray's debut novel Threats and Sarah Manguso's memoir The Guardians: An Elegy, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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

List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
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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