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April 18, 2012

Shorties (Jack White on His Solo Album, Ann Patchett on the Lack of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction This Year, and more)

Jack White talks to All Songs Considered about the making of his solo album, Blunderbuss (out April 24th).

At the New York Times, Ann Patchett discusses her reaction to the Pulitzer committee's decision not to issue a fiction prize this year.

As a novelist and the author of an eligible book, I do not love this. It’s fine to lose to someone, and galling to lose to no one.

Fuse interviews Death Cab for Cutie's Nick Harmer about the band's current "Big Brady Bunch" orchestral tour.

Author David Nicholls lists his "desert island books" at

Flavorwire lists the 10 best breakup albums of all time.

The Other People podcast interviews Heidi Julavits about her new novel, The Vanishers.

Paste lists the 25 best songs of 2012 (so far).

The Telegraph reports that Encyclopedia Britannica has launched an iPhone and iPad app a month after announcing it would no longer offer print editions.

The Stool Pigeon profiles Manhattan's troubled Bleecker Bob's Records.

Arts Beat notes that Haruki Murakami's novel 1Q84 will be published in a slipcased 3-volume paperback set.

At PopMatters, musicians name their favorite record stores.

The Los Angeles Review of Books has launched a new website.

All Things Considered examines the technology behind the Tupac hologram at Coachella.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the image may go on tour. lists five screenplays penned by famous novelists.

Cults visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Anne Tyler talks to the Telegraph about "disliking her childhood, loving The Wire and why her writing will never change."

Win Jonathan Lethem's book on Talking Heads' Fear of Music album 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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