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April 4, 2012

Shorties (Drive-By Truckers, The 10 Biggest Feuds in Literature, and more)

The Birmingham News interviews Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers.

In the Guardian, author Michael Crummey lists the 10 biggest feuds in literature.

The Other People podcast interviews Melissa Broder about her new poetry collection, Meat Heart.

Boise Weekly and SF Weekly profile the Heartless Bastards.

PopMatters interviews Gareth Camesinos of Los Campesinos!.

The shortlist for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction has been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Sebastian Barry and Patrick deWitt. recommends five ways to expand your taste in music.

The 2012 longlist for The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award has been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Steve Almond, Lou Beach, Frank Bill, Will Boast, Etgar Keret, Adam Levin, Peter Markus, Sabina Murray, Stuart Nadler, and Diane Williams.

Drowned in Sound lists the 10 biggest international #1 singles you have never heard.

The Nervous Breakdown interviews Adam Wilson about his debut novel, Flatscreen.

Let's talk about some of your influences. Did your father introduce you to literature at a young age?

Definitely, I read a lot as a kid. I was a terrible student all through school, but I read a lot. My dad, aside from being a novelist, is also a scholar and has written two critical books on Saul Bellow, and he wrote a lot about Bellow and Roth and all these great writers. So I read a lot of that stuff when I was younger. My dad thinks that all my problems in life stem from the fact that when I was 12 he gave me Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and that inspired some bad decisions on my part. My dad gave me a lot of books that I loved and continue to love. But at the same time I think part of me always felt like that these books in some ways weren’t quite mine, that they were his, and that it was his literature.

The Milk Carton Kids visit World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

At The Rumpus, Alina Simone interviews Brian McGreevy about his debut novel, Hemlock Grove.

SPIN is streaming the new Dinosaur Feathers album, Whistle Tips (out April 10th).

10 compelling reasons to memorize poetry.

Win The Hunger Games trilogy boxed set 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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