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March 6, 2012

Shorties (The Magnetic Fields, The Best Fictional Bookstores, and more)

PopMatters and Vulture, and Salon interview Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields.

Flavorwire lists the 10 best fictional bookstores in popular culture.

Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian talk to All Things Considered about their new book, We're with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics.

Death and Taxes interviews Sara Benincasa about her memoir Agorafabulous!.

Paste lists 10 musical mythologies.

Elizabeth Little talks to All Things Considered about her new book, Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America's Languages.

Spinner interviews Andrew Bird for his new album, Break It Yourself.

The shortlist for The Believer Book Award has been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Jesse Ball and Ben Lerner.

The Guardian Music Blog interviews Ruth Barnes, the blogger behind The Other Woman music blog.

Why should people visit your blog?

The Other Woman is a celebration of female musicians. In an era where live music, radio playlists and TV appearances are dominated by men, or a certain kind of female artist, I give air time to musicians operating outside of the mainstream and outside of the industry's restricted and conservative view of women songwriters and musicmakers.

Charlotte Silver talks to Weekend Edition about her memoir, Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood.

John Cusack, star of the new Edgar Allan Poe biopic, discusses the writer's life with BBC Breakfast.

All Things Considered explores the unlikely popular success of Madeleine L'Engle's novel A Wrinkle in Time on the 50th anniversary of its publication.

The Record examines Apples new "Mastered for iTunes" releases, which features high quality audio downloads.

Fresh Air interviews Charles Duhigg about his new book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.

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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