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February 27, 2012

Shorties (Post-Mortem Biographies, Stream the New Magnetic Fields Album, and more)

At NPR, stream the new Magnetic Fields album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea (out March 6th).

The Independent explores the industry of the near-instantly produced post-mortem biography.

The death of Princess Diana in 1997 started this tawdry tradition, but lately it's gone supernova. Michael Jackson died, tragically early, of a drug-related cardiac arrest, on 25 June 2009. He was buried at Forest Lawn, Los Angeles, on 7 July, 2009. Incredibly, the first instant books about his life began to emerge even before his wasted, needle-torn body was consigned to the earth: Michael Jackson: King of Pop, Michael Jackson: Life of a Legend, Michael Jackson: Legend, Hero, Icon came whizzing through the presses.

The Yorker profiles author Dorothy Parker.

Hyper Vocal lists the 20 best movie soundtracks of all time.

Melville House lists the advantages for authors "starting over" by publishing under a pseudonym.

At NPR, stream the new Andrew Bird album, Break It Yourself (out March 6th).

Flavorwire lists great magical books for adults.

The Other People podcast interviews Ryan Boudinot about his debut novel, Blueprints of the Afterlife.

At NPR, stream the new White Rabbits album, Milk Famous (out March 6th).

OUPblog explains why memoir matters as a literary genre.

The Guardian profiles pop music stars who make the most out of the internet.

io9 looks to science fiction to predict the future of reproductive rights.

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.

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

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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