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April 30, 2012

Shorties (Ben Folds' Advice to Aspiring Musicians, Robert Caro on LBJ, and more)

Ben Folds offers advice to aspiring musical artists.

Morning Edition interviews Robert Caro about the newest volume in his Lyndon Johnson biography series, The Passage of Power.

"In my earlier books you see a man looking for power, and utterly ruthless in his attempts to get it. In the last two books you see what he does when he gets power, and it's sort of wonderful. So, it's not a like or a dislike – you're in awe. If you're interested in political power (which is what I am interested in), you are in awe of him. What you get from listening, you know, you say, 'Oh my God, that's what he's doing.'"

The Observer lists the 10 best first lines in fiction.

PopMatters interviews Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic.

Brooklyn Based recommends podcasts for writers.

NPR is streaming Royal Headache's self-titled album (out May 8th).

The Independent lists the 50 best UK music festivals.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviews Sean Bonnette of Andrew Jackson Jihad about books.

The Book Bench interviews Louise Erdrich about her story in the latest New Yorker.

NPR is streaming Sara Watkins' new album, Sun Midnight Sun (out May 8th).

PopMatters offers excerpts from its latest book, Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion.

The Guardian shares school photos of rock stars.

Brooklyn Based recommends literary websites to read daily.

Win a DVD of James Franco's Hart Crane biopic The Broken Tower 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)

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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