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March 26, 2012

Shorties (Documentaries About Harper Lee and Margaret Mitchell, Stream the New M. Ward Album, and more)

NPR is streaming the new M. Ward album, A Wasteland Companion (out April 10th).

BLTv previews two documentaries (soon to be forthcoming PBS American Masters episodes) that profile American authors, Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird and Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel.

The A.V. Club Chicago interviews David Gedge of The Wedding Present about playing the band's 1991 album Seamonsters in its entirety on this tour.

AVC: Does it ever feel like you're in two bands at once, having all this new material from Valentina, but then also playing all of Seamonsters on the road?

DG: You’d think it would. But it doesn't, to be honest. The lineup we've got at the moment is a particularly super one for doing Seamonsters. In some ways, they're actually better players than we were then, so we can do it better justice. It is kind of a weird thing to do: having a tour and playing new songs, and then harping back to this 1991 one album. But it flows quite well. It’s just a break in the set. It may sound pretentious, but it’s almost one song in 10 parts. It's a 45-mintue epic, and then we go back to the other stuff. The sets are 80, 90 minutes long, so there’s time for it.

The shortlist for the 2012 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction has been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Drew Magary.

The Morning Benders have changed the band's name to POP ETC.

Guernica interviews Nick Flynn about the film adaptation of his memoir.

Guernica: In terms of seeing yourself transformed into this character, was there strangeness in that?

Nick Flynn: I think for the purposes of movie, he's sort of reacting to the hardest moments from my life. I think Dano totally nailed it. Some people who know me think I’m a little funnier than that, which is okay with me (laughs).

I think from my interior perspective, he got it. I barely know how I appear to other people, but that’s how I appear to myself.

Astronautilus visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Flavorwire recommends 10 wonderful short stories to read online.

NPR is streaming the new Bear in Heaven album, I Love You, It's Cool (out April 3rd).

De La Soul talk to BBC News about their forthcoming concept album.

10 oft-overlooked Irish novels.

Win copies of The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines and The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook by Alan Kistler 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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