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April 9, 2012

Shorties (The Phantom Tollbooth, Alabama Shakes, and more)

Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer talk to CBS Sunday Morning about crafting their classic book The phantom Tollbooth.

Steve Johnson of the Alabama Shakes talks to Exclaim! abut the band's debut album, Boys and Girls, released this week.

"I can't speak for everyone but I was definitely raised in church," he says. "I think the strongest comparison between our music and gospel is the emotion felt behind the music and the uplifting sense you get from hearing it.

Salon ponders the intentions behind Amazon's grants to literary nonprofits and small presses.

Flavorwire recommends 10 great female-fronted punk bands you should know.

Book Bench interviews Colum McCann about his new short story, "Transatlantic."

West Coast Sound interviews producer Butch Vig about his work with Garbage and Nirvana.

The Boston Globe lists 10.5 ways local bookstores beat Amazon.

USA Today reviews singer-songwriter Carole King's new memoir, A Natural Woman.

A Natural Woman is hardly a sob story. There's more humor and joy than pathos; and predictably, many of the happy moments involve music. There are leisurely, detailed accounts of recording sessions, and of collaborations, friendships and memorable encounters with fellow icons such as John Lennon and James Taylor.

GalleyCat shares excerpts from the 10 most frequently challenged library books of 2011.

PopMatters interviews Steve Hogarth of Marillion about the band's unique relationship with its fans.

At the New Yorker, Teju Cole reviews the new W.G. Sebald poetry collection, Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems, 1964-2001.

Cole also talks to Morning Edition about his "Simple Tweets of Fate" Twitter updates.

NPR is streaming Horse Feathers' new album, Cynic's New Year (out April 17th).

Weekend Edition profiles poet Nikky Finney.

"As a young poet, I grew up in the '60s and early '70s, when difficult things were being said and shouted and screamed," Finney says. "I remember saying to myself, those things are very, very important to hear, but there must be another way to say them so that they will truly be heard. I mean, that's what art is. Art is about being provocative; art is also about beauty and if you leave the latter out, the former doesn't matter."

All Things Considered interviews Wally De Backer of Gotye.

"Sometimes I feel like I've become less of a musician and more a tinkerer, a cobbler, a self-made producer and songwriter," he says. "It probably took seven or eight years before I took a chance and quit my day job."

The nine most controversial Pulitzer prize winners.

NPR is streaming the new Spiritualized album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light (out April 17th).

11 books every introvert should read.

Win The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set, The Hunger Games soundtrack, 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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