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March 3, 2012

Shorties (Jeremy Lin Tribute Songs, The Most Divisive Characters in Literature, and more)

Off the Dribble compares tribute songs about basketball player Jeremy Lin.

Flavorwire lists the most divisive characters in literary history.

The Los Angeles Times offers a preview of books published this spring.

Pitchfork has added a streaming music player to the site.

Nathan Englander talks to the Globe and Mail about his new story collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.

"Right before this book came out, I saw Philip Roth and I said to him – I don't usually bother him with questions about shop – but I said, 'My skin will get thicker, right? I'll get tougher with each book, right?' And Roth said, 'Thinner and thinner till they can hold you up to the light and see right through.' "

Fuse gets schooled about chiptune music.

At The Week, author Brian Selznick lists his six favorite children's books.

Islands visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

FACT previews Richard King's forthcoming book How Soon Is Now: The Madmen and Mavericks Who Made Independent Music 1975-2005.

Journalist Anthony Shadid's wife and colleagues talk to Morning Edition about his newly published memoir House of Stone.

Read an excerpt.

NPR Music is streaming a playlist of 100 songs (most downloadable) by artists performing ar SXSW Music 2012.

The Slate Book Review.

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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