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May 25, 2012

Shorties (Jane Austen's Novels Ranked, Neko Case on Recording Her New Album, and more)

Amy Elizabeth Smith, author of All Roads Lead to Austen, ranks Jane Austen's novels from best to worst at Publishers Weekly.

Neko Case talks to Morning Edition about recording her next album.

The A.V. Club Chicago interviews singer-songwriter Kelly Hogan.

Morning Edition collects summer reading suggestions from independent booksellers.

M. Ward visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Mohammed Hanif talks to Morning Edition about his novel, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti.

All Things Considered profiles singer-songwriter Regina Spektor.

"I grew up poor, and there are a lot of people that grew up a lot poorer than I am," Spektor says. "Though, to me, I think that if somebody doesn't have an easy life, they should at least have access to free books and film and music. I think that I feel very lucky to live in this time where people can go online and get everything I've ever made, whether they have a lot of money or not."

USA Today previews summer books.

GeekDad interviews Chip Kidd about his new graphic novel, Batman: Death by Design.

Fresh Air interviews Wes Anderson about soundtracking his films.

eMusic interviews Cheryl Strayed about her memoir Wild.

Win a copy of Amy Waldman's novel The Submission 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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