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April 16, 2012

Shorties (A New Junot Diaz Story, Ian MacKaye's Birthday, and more)

The New Yorker features a new story by Junot Diaz.

17 Dots asks how you are celebrating Ian MacKaye's 50th birthday.

Full Stop interviews author Ben Marcus about his latest novel The Flame Alphabet.

NPR is streaming Sea of Bees' new album, Orangefarben (out May 1st).

GalleyCat shares Tumblr tips for writers.

PopMatters explores mainstream music's responses to punk in the late 1970s.

Author Heidi Julavits has a Tumblr.

NPR is streaming Sarah Jaffe's new album, The Body Wins (out April 24th).

Toni Morrison talks to the Guardian about her latest novel, Home.

Stephin Merrit of Magnetic Fields talks songwriting with Weekend Edition.

Tablet interviews U.S. poet laureate Philip Levine.

You're best-known as the poetic voice of the blue-collar experience. Do you feel enriched or limited by this qualification?

I'd say I'm indifferent to it. I don't embrace it fondly. Robert Frost wouldn't write just because he was a nature poet. It's something that's there, and it's obvious—and it's limiting. I think I write handsome poems about a great range of subjects.

NPR is streaming the new Norah Jones album, Little Broken Hearts (out May 1st).

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.

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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