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March 20, 2012

Shorties (The Rise of Indie Music in Advertising, The Launch of The Hunger Games Franchise, and more)

AdWeek notes the rise of indie bands' music in advertising.

Salon delves into the launch of The Hunger Games franchise.

West Coast Sound interviews Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes.

Do you think electronic and dance music had a bigger influence on this album?

Yeah, I've always been interested in it and there's definitely some new production that I find really interesting. People like Skrillex and Diplo are doing things that are really cool and interesting and feel very fresh. They aren't trying to be retro and it's not really an homage to something that already exists. It feels really new, which is exciting, so I've definitely had an interest in that area and it's just sort of become a part of everything that I sort of throw together as I'm creating.

A list of 20 rare author interviews that have been unearthed.

DIY examines the history of musicians and their relationship to literature.

Flavorwire shares a literary mixtape for Scarlett O'Hara.

Matt LeMay, formerly of Get Him Eat Him, has released his second single under his own name.

The Sugar Street Review lists the top five female Arab writers.

On sale for $3.99 today at Amazon MP3: B.B. King Live at Royal Albert Hall.

The Bat Segundo Show interviews author Hari Kunzru.

Flavorwire shares a definitive Mad Men reading list.

The A.V. Club lists 28 stories (books, television shows, or movies) that let the audience choose the ending.

Brooklyn Based recommends Twitter etiquette for writers.

NPR Music shares a list of 50 unimpressive debut albums from impressive musicians, along with a playlist featuring a song from each disc.

All Things Considered interviews Jonah Lehrer about his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works.

On the relationship between creativity and originality — and being triggered by other people's ideas

"The brain is just an endless knot of connections. And a creative thought is simply ... a network that's connecting itself in a new way. Sometimes it's triggered by a misreading of an old novel. Sometimes it's triggered by a random thought walking down the street, or bumping into someone in the bathroom of the studio. There are all sorts of ways seemingly old ideas can get reassembled in a new way."

The Record lists female artists who impressed at this year's SXSW Music.

The A.V. Club recaps their SXSW experience.

Sound of the City lists some of the festival's worst moments.

Slate reappraises Ernest Hemingway's place in the canon of American literature.

A mistake that people tend to make in reading, praising, teaching Hemingway is to assume that he was foremost a stylist. Although he was intensely concerned with his voice on the page—and although that voice became more distinctive as he aged—the Hemingway of the incantatory paragraphs and deadpan understatements ("The town was very nice and our house was very fine") is Hemingway at his weakest. It is because we've come to fetishize this voice that we accept and even admire gnomic truisms like "a writer should write what he has to say"—an observation from Hemingway's Nobel banquet speech and one of his most quoted lines—as if such raw-nut declarations came with tender insights curled inside. Most don't. Nor was Papa, as some people (chiefly Papa) have liked to suggest, a pioneer in the craft of elision, of leaving crucial things unsaid: That tradition runs clear back at least to Henry James, a writer of a very different ilk. Instead, Hemingway's genius rests in what he did say, in the way he used language to capture and contain a thread of experience as it wavered through time. His writing, at its best, was a way of coming to terms with disorder, with a narrative line that refused to hold.

The Future of Music Coalition has released the first wave of its musician financial case studies.

Win a copy of A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume One 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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