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April 15, 2012

Shorties (Irvine Welsh, Rufus Wainwright, and more)

Irvine Welsh and other authors discuss the legacy of his debut novel Trainspotting with the Independent.

"I must have been 13 or 14 when I first came across it," says Helen Walsh, whose debut Brass created a stushie in 2005. "It was the first working-class British novel that was validated by both the literary establishment and the working classes it sought to portray. Welsh created a modern proletarian English literature, while becoming the voice and hero of a disenfranchised generation. Later, as a young writer, it gave me the confidence to depict the extremes and excesses of a marginalised end of society, in the rhythm and patois of the streets."

The Independent profiles singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright,

The Observer examines Robert Loyis Stevenson's editing process for his novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

The Beat Goes On's weekly music power rankings have been posted.

The Austin American-Statesman profiles the author couple of Heidi Julavits and Ben Marcus.

"One of the great things about being married to a novelist, or the particular one I married," Julavits said, "is that you can say, ‘I just need to go away for a month,' and your husband knows it's a midbook crisis, not a midlife crisis or an affair or something."

The April edition of The Music Alliance Pact collects 35 songs from 35 bloggers in 35 countries.

At All Things Considered, Rosecrans Baldwin recommends Elaine Dundy's book The Dud Avocado.

The longlist for The Scottish Album of the Year Award 2012 has been released.

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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