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April 19, 2012

Shorties (Paris's Best Literary Bars, Stream Todd Snider's Jerry Jeff Walker Covers Album, and more)

Wine Enthusiast offers lists Paris's literary bar scene.

The TM Daily Post is streaming Todd Snider's new album, Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker (out May 1st).

The Atlantic profiles author and filmmaker Stephen Elliott.

Los Angeles Review of Books founder Tom Lutz talks to Public Spectacle about his website's relaunch.

Eleanor Friedberger discusses the influence (and pitfalls) of bike riding on her songwriting with Express Night Out.

In the April issue of Granta, Henry Litt explores the consequences of the increasing convergence of books and technology. interviews Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards about the band's latest album, Arrow.

Bookworm interviews William H. Gass about his latest book Life Sentences: Literary Judgments and Accounts.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Dar Williams.

The 2012 winners of the Ansfield-Wolf Book Awards, which honors "books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures," have been named.

The Guardian interviews Gabrielle Hamilton about her memoir, Blood, Bones, and Butter.

How did you come to write Blood, Bones and Butter?

I spent the first three and a half years resisting, denying that I was writing a memoir and erasing two thirds of what I was writing because in every lit class I've ever taken the category of memoir is dismissed, demeaned, and considered weak, confessional, and "girly". Then I spent another six months savaging what little work I had managed to produce. Then I had a frank conversation with myself in which I admitted that I was not as talented as I wish I was. This gave me the permission to just do my absolute best within my limited skill set. I also made a commitment to write "hospitably", as I have been trained to be in the kitchen – to do everything I could to take care of and to serve the reader as I would take care of and serve a guest in my restaurant. In essence, I did everything I could to remove my own ego and apprehensions and just be the person who – metaphorically speaking – cooks the food and cleans up afterwards.

RIP, Dick Clark. Idolator lists some of his best interviews.

The BBC's Great Lives podcast profiles Gertrude Stein.

The Record interviews Phil Hartnoll of Orbital about the '90s music revival.

All Things Considered recommends three books on writing well.

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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