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March 24, 2012

Shorties (A Definitive Mad Men Reading List, Best Coast, and more)

Flavorwire shares a definitive Mad Men reading list.

Fuse interviews Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino.

The Globe and Mail explores the legacy of author Jack Kerouac.

Whatever the ultimate aesthetic worth of Kerouac's style – a question that must be answered by each individual reader – it is undeniable that it’s unique. Allen Ginsberg saw this clearly: "Most prose writers aren't even aware that the sentence they write has a sound, are not even concerned with sound in prose. … Kerouac was the first writer I met who heard his own sentences as if they were musical, rhythmical constructions, and who could follow the sequence of sentences that make up the paragraph as if he were listening to a little jazz riff." In other words, Kerouac was keenly aware of style, and of his own style in particular.

Flavorwire recommends 10 free songs you need to download this week.

Forbes offers six spoiler-free reasons to watch the television adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy series Game of Thrones.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3, The Strokes' debut album Is This It.

Flavorwire lists the 10 best authors of children's literature.

NPR excerpts a chapter from Anne Tyler's forthcoming novel, The Beginner's Goodbye.

The Joy Formidable visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Bat Segundo Show interviews Catherine Chung about her debut novel Forgotten Country.

NPR Music features a collection of live concert videos from this year's SXSW festival.

Amy Reading talks to Weekend Edition about her new book, The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, A Cunning Revenge, And A Small History Of The Big Con.

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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