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April 28, 2012

Shorties (Chillwave Reconsidered, Suzanne Collins, and more)

Flavorwire reconsiders the chillwave genre.

The Guardian profiles Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins.

Deadline reports that Disney has bought the rights to adapt Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book into a film.

The NPR Ombudsman blog on apparent conflicts of interest at NPR between editorial reviews and advertising for the same products:

Upon digging further into the cultural pages and talking with NPR editors, executives and technical managers, I find no actual ethical violations. NPR's cultural critics and reporters maintain strict independence. I am further satisfied, moreover, that ads are not deliberately placed adjacent to reviews on the website. Rather, these adjoining placements are technical faults. They are hard to avoid and so infrequent that, as a practical and financial matter, we just may have to live with them.

Rhizome interviews author Jonathan Lethem about "our rapidly dematerializing culture as well as appropriation as an art practice." (via)

Reverb interviews Lambchop frontman Kurt Wagner.

Empire interviews author George R.R. Martin.

Metromix Atlanta profiles the Alabama Shakes.

Vulture ranks all 62 books written by Stephen King.

My list of 100 online sources for free and legal music downloads was updated this week.

SF Signal recommends genre books for teenage girls.

Financial Times interviews author Kevin Barry.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr recaps his music career at Pitchfork.

Talk of the Nation interviews Timothy Noah about his new book The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do about It.

Paste lists 15 musicians who became filmmakers.

Talk of the Nation interviews JIm Bouton about his seminal baseball book, Ball Four.

School of Seven Bells visits The Current studio for a live performance and video.

All Things Considered interviews Paul Krugman about his new book End This Depression Now!.

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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