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March 25, 2012

Shorties (Graham Coxon, Literary Las Vegas, and more)

The Observer is streaming Graham Coxon's new album A + E, and also interviews the Blur guitarist.

The Observer takes a tour of literary Las Vegas.

Marky Ramone talks to The Morning Call about the legacy of the Ramones.

The Observer shares an excerpt from Mike Skinner's new book, The Story of the Streets.

BOMBLOG interviews Amelia Gray about her debut novel Threats.

CL Throughout the book I kept wondering what was really happening, which is a little ridiculous since, of course, it’s a work of fiction. Nothing is actually happening. Were there, in the process of writing the novel, any scenes that you ended up cutting so that more could be left to mystery?

AG I actually had to add a bit so that less was left to mystery. One thing that fiction allows us is the chance to come to our own conclusions, but a novel does need to offer something by way of plot resolution if it’s going to be an enjoyable read. Those two ideas push against each other. I liked playing with that contrast in the book.

The Beat Goes On lists weekly music power rankings.

Weekend Edition profiles playwright Eugene O'Neill and his long lost play, Exorcism.

The Toledo Blade recommends engaging nonfiction for children.

Chris Pavone talks to All Things Considered about his new novel, the thriller The Expats.

The Observer visits East Nashville to profile up and coming indie bands.

On the New York Times, author Steve Almond shares his reasons for becoming a writer.

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

At the Observer, singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan shares a playlist of songs that have soundtracked her life.

All Things Considered notes the rise in film adaptations of YA series.

Weekend Edition interviews singer-songwriter Julia Nunes about how the internet jumpstarted her music career.

NPR Books reviews and excerpts from Rick Moody's new essay collection On Celestial Music And Other Adventures In Listening.

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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