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March 9, 2012

Shorties (Bruce Springsteen Albums Ranked from Worst to Best, Michael Chabon on Screenwriting, and more)

Nerve ranks Bruce Springsteen's albums from worst to best.

The Telegraph interviews Michael Chabon about his John Carter screenplay.

"Well, the initial impetus was purely financial," he says. "The health insurance that comes with being a member of the Screenwriters' Guild was important to my family. I started writing my first script when my wife was expecting our first child. If you can hew to that, if you can stay true to only doing it for money, it does protect you against the disappointments and the utter lack of power a writer has in Hollywood, and the blows to their dignity that writers are frequently asked to endure. You can always shrug and say, who cares, I'm only doing it for the money."

CNN reviews the film.

In the New York Times, Douglas Coupland reviews the new Hari Kunzru novel, Gods Without Men.

Reading this book is not unlike watching a TV show that’s simultaneously happening on multiple channels, a story filmed in different eras using differing technologies, but which taken together tell the same single story, echoing and reinfecting itself.

Patterson Hood talks to Boulder Weekly about the making of the Drive-By Truckers' 2001 album, Southern Rock Opera.

"That was the record that kind of made us almost famous, I guess," Hood says. "But when I hear it, it still drives me crazy. We were way too ambitious for our talent level and more importantly, what we could afford. … I still wish we could have made the record the way we heard it in our heads."

PopMatters lists its favorite fiction of 2011.

NPR is streaming video of a live performance by the Shins.

The Houston Chronicle reviews Tom Gauld's new graphic novel, Goliath.

The brilliance of "Guardian" cartoonist Tom Gauld's new graphic novel, "Goliath" (Drawn & Quarterly; $19.95), is the artistic license it takes with the story of David and Goliath. Instead of being a punk rocker or a scary-looking man, Gauld's Goliath is a gentle giant, more pacifist than aggressor. He's also the fifth-worst swordsman in his platoon.

Billy Bragg talks to Billboard about covering Woody Guthrie's music.

ShortList lists 10 great unfinished novels.

On sale for $3.99 today at Amazon MP3: Craig Finn's solo album Clear Heart, Full Eyes.

Fresh Air interviews Elaine Pagels about her new book, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation.

John D"Agata and Jim Fingal talk to Morning Edition about their new book, The Lifespan of a Fact.

Win new novels by Hari Kunzru and Heidi Julavits 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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