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April 11, 2012

Shorties (Best Books About Abraham Lincoln, Johnny Marr on The Smiths, and more)

Rolling Stone interviews Johnny Marr about the Smiths breakup and remastering the band's catalog.

Did working so closely with the recordings after all these years bring back strong memories of being in the Smiths?

Well, sure, yeah. But I've got a really good memory, so nothing really came to me as too much of a surprise. The strongest thing that caught me off guard was the realization of just how young we all were. That came as something of a surprise, perhaps – the memory of what it felt like to be that young and on such a mission. That, I think, was the thing that came across that wouldn't have happened had I not been in those sessions. We really, really were young and we were filled with a very powerful kind of drive and passion. It was good to be reminded of that.

Morning Edition recommends the best books about Abraham Lincoln.

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers talks to the Charleston City Paper about the band's forthcoming hiatus.

Mayday interviews author Alan Heathcock about short story writing, publishing, and poetry.

All Things Considered talks to musicians about what it takes to be a success in the music industry today.

Fresh Air interviews New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey about his new memoir Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball.

USA Today excerpts from Arne Bellstorf's graphic novel, Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles in Hamburg, and interviews the cartoonist.

Carole King talks to Morning Edition about her new memoir, A Natural Woman.

White Rabbits visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Contributors to the anthology Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (and Hated) Team talk to Talk of the Nation.

The Hairpin interviews Mark Yarm about his book, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge.

Lollapalooza has announced its 2012 lineup.

Win The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set, The Hunger Games soundtrack, 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)

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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