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April 27, 2012

Shorties (James Franco as Hart Crane, The Best Beach Boys Covers, and more)

The New York Times reviews The Broken Tower, James Franco's biopic of Hart Crane.

Paste lists the 25 best Beach Boys covers.

Flavorwire lists the most cryptic titles in literature.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

The Guardian Books podcast examines the literary legacy of Dracula.

Metro profiles The Feelies.

The Wall Street Journal explores the commercial viability of fiction sequels.

The Quietus revisits Pavement's Slanted and Enchanted album 20 years after its release.

This is music in its natural state, free from the modern belief that the trickery of the studio contains the key to success. It might be unpolished, messy and at times confusing but that's exactly what helps make it so great.

The Guardian Children's Book Blog lists the top 10 books that take you traveling.

The Emory Wheel profiles Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers.

The Walden Woods of Thoreau will be recreated in a videogame, the Guardian reports

Flavorwire lists 10 essential bluegrass artists you need to know.

Fresh Air interviews Edward Humes about his new book Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash.

The Guardian lists five myths about contemporary classical music.

Author Seth Grahame-Smith shares his love for Ray Bradbury's novel Something Wicked This Way Comes at All Things Considered.

M. Ward plays a four song set at KCRW.

Win two of my favorite 33 1/3 books (Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson and Master of Reality by John Darnielle) 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)

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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