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April 22, 2012

Shorties (Steinbeck in Vietnam, Frankie Rose, and more)

Thomas E. Barden talks to Weekend Edition about the new book, Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War, which he edited.

"If you read the dispatches, it's as if he truly believes it as much as Lyndon Johnson did — Domino Theory, the winnability," Barden says. Even Steinbeck's own son confronted him — in Vietnam — to argue that the war was wrong — "that all the troops were stoned, that the body count wasn't accurate, that it was a mess and we ought to get out. So they went at it right there from when they met in the hotel in Saigon."

DIY interviews Frankie Rose about her latest album, Interstellar.

Weekend Edition interviews Meg Jay about her new book, The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — And How to Make the Most of Them Now.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune profiles singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards.

Filmmaker Lena Dunham shares her reading habits with the New York Times.

Nerdy Book Club lists the top five reasons to let children choose their own books.

The Kansas City Star profiled legendary singer-songwriter Glen Campbell on his 76th birthday yesterday.

The BBC New Magazine defends the use of obscure words.

Jonathan Lethem recommends 10 essential Talking Heads songs at Browbeat.

Baseball Nation interviews Molly lawless about her new graphic novel, Hit By Pitch: Ray Chapman, Carl Mays and the Fatal Fastball.

Financial Times lists five pieces of real estate for sale that have inspired some of the world's greatest writers.

Eating the Beats cooks eggs with Gabe Levine of Gabriel and the Hounds and shares his cover of Kate Bush's "Hounds of Love."

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.

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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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