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February 12, 2012

Shorties (Jeff Mangum, Zach Braff on Playwriting, and more)

Songs for the Asking offers mp3 downloads of Jeff Mangum's recent Brooklyn and New Haven performances.

The Arts Desk interviews Zach Braff about playwriting.

Did you have any templates for writing a play?

I had the unity of time and the idea of incorporating these short flashbacks which everyone tried to get me to cut in New York. Pretty much everyone who gave me notes on the play asked me to cut things but I'm so glad I didn't just like I'm so glad I didn't address any of the notes I got on Garden State because they were a huge success and they really work.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette delves into the meaning behind political candidates' public playlists and song choices.

The Oregonian profiles author Patrick DeWitt.

Album of the Year is aggregating reviews for 2012 releases.

Flavorwire excerpts five recipes from The Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors.

Talk of the Nation discusses science of audio, and how perceptions can change the sound experience when listening to music.

At the Guardian, Lars Iyer lists the top 10 "frenemies" in literature.

Tablet profiles Brooklyn's feminist rock collective Permanent Wave.

The brainchild of former Titus Andronicus guitarist Amy Klein, Permanent Wave is three things in one: a "combination between activism, a show-booking entity, and a production company," says Sophie Weiner, who's involved in all three. A feminist rock collective, or call it what you want; its bands are not the kinds of acts that you are likely to see at the Grammys anytime soon.

Dave Isay talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps.

RIP, Whitney Houston.

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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