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March 16, 2012

Shorties (Nadine Gordimer, The Smiths, and more)

The Telegraph profiles author Nadine Gordimer.

BBC News reports of a gallery exhibition in Manchester that pays tribute to the 30th anniversary fo the formation of the Smiths.

What's the most appropriate way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the formation of the indie group The Smiths?

Apparently it's tap-dancing, conspiracy theories and a singing bear in a fridge.

Flavorwire lists 10 contemporary essayists you should be reading right now.

The Scotsman profiles singer-songwriter Dan Wilson.

You can hear all about it on Good News, the lo-fi yet fully formed, wryly funny, touching word-of-mouth gem of a debut album Willson recorded and released a couple of years ago in his guise as talented troubadour Withered Hand, emerging from nowhere with the teenage tribulations of Religious Songs ("my hair's getting too long for this congregation"), the incorrigible lonesome country lament Cornflake and other droll meditations on sex, the afterlife and everything which are as engaging as any deadpan rumination from Will Oldham or Bill Callahan.

The Atlantic lists five art projects inspired by classic books.

Pop & Hiss reports that a musical based on the Flaming Lips album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots will debut this winter.

"Yoshimi" will tell the story of a young Japanese artist who journeys into a robot world where she must contend with a host of evil forces. The La Jolla Playhouse said the production will feature multimedia stage effects.

Flavorwire lists 10 albums that would make great theme parties.

The New York Times profiles KGB Bar's literary readings.

Guardian readers recommend songs about regrets.

Kyung-sook Shin has won the Man Asia Literary Prize with her novel Please Look After Mom.

PopMatters rethinks the role of race in 60s rock and soul music.

At the Guardian, Geoff Dyer discusses the literary establishment.

Pitchfork reports that Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn is launching his own microbrew.

Three Monkeys Online profiles Irish author Flann O'Brien.

The Record streams Bruce Springsteen's SXSW Music keynote address.

Fresh Air interviews Andrew Preston about his new book, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy.

Win Geoff Dyer's new book Zona, a DVD of Andrei Tarkovsky's film Stalker 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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