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May 2, 2012

Shorties (Bill Clinton Reviews Robert Caro's new LBJ Biography, Mike Doughty's May Playlist, and more)

Former president Bill Clinton reviews Robert Caro's The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson in the New York Times.


Electric Literature presents a May playlist by singer-songwriter Mike Doughty.


Soundcheck examines the evolution of dancing in the mosh pit.


At South of Houston, Lisa Brackmanm explains how a crime writer takes vacations.


To celebrate Woody Guthrie's centennial, Smithsonian Folkways is releasing the box set Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, which includes a 150-page large-format book and 3 CDs.


Alex Johnson talks to The Picture Show about his new book, Bookshelf.

The bookshelves that Johnson has found add another dimension to the whole archaeology of books and their place in the home. The fact that so much creativity and thought has gone into thinking about a "home" for books shows that our love affair with books is far from over. "Books are part of who we are," says Johnson.


Amanda Palmer has raised over $350,000 in two days on Kickstarter for her new album, book, and tour.


Flavorwire recommends must-read books published in May.


Frequency lists its five favorite websites to discover and download electronic dance music.


China Daily interviews Ha Jin about his novel Nanjing Requiem.


Drowned in Sound interviews Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi.


Fresh Air reviews Nell Freudenberger's new novel The Newlyweds and also offers an excerpt from the book.


Win a DVD of James Franco's Hart Crane biopic The Broken Tower 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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