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May 22, 2012

Shorties (Jay McInerney, The 2012 ACL Music Festival Lineup, and more)

The Observer profiles author Jay McInerney.

"In the UK you had this longstanding wine culture that was stuffy," McInerney says. "In the US, it was different. A culture sprang forth that wasn't based on tradition. It seemed like we were discovering it for the first time." In fact, he says, he didn't publish his first collection of wine columns, Bacchus & Me, in the UK for this very reason – because he thought it might make him look square. (He needn't have worried: where other critics talk of "floral notes", he calls Domaine de la Romanée-Conti the "Ferrari of Burgundy" and Puligny-Montrachet "a Grace Kelly of a wine".)

The lineup for Austin's 2012 ACL Festival has been announced.

Krys Lee talks to the Korea Herald about her short story collection Drifting House.

Rocks Off shares an essential disco playlist.

The Guardian interviews author Ian Rankin about his strict one book a year writing schedule.

"I usually start planning a novel in October/November, do some preliminary research, then start writing in January. Finish a sketchy first draught by the end of March, do more research as necessary, then do a second and third draught, with the whole thing done and dusted by the end of June for autumn publication and touring – after which the whole process starts again for the following year's book."

PopMatters profiles the Swedish duo First Aid Kit.

The Millions explores the "social bond of literature."

Here We Go Magic visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

At NPR, author Madeline Miller recommends Elizabeth von Karnim's novel The Enchanted April.

Not all of us have the luxury to spend a month in the glorious Italian countryside, but von Arnim's novel is the next best thing. It seems like an insult to her keen intelligence to call this book uplifting, but the truth is, happiness is one of the hardest emotions to capture on the page. That she is able to evoke it so genuinely, and without trending into sentimentality, is a testament to the enormity of her talent.

Paste is streaming five new songs by the XX.

3:AM Magazine interviews Anne-Marie Kinney about her new novel, Radio Iris.

MK: You’ve been active in the Los Angeles MFA literary world and your work has been performed by Los Angeles' Word Theatre. How do you feel about giving readings?

AK: Reading in front of an audience is an out-of-body experience for me. I go into this zone where I don’t feel like I'm breathing and I don't remember how to move my mouth and time becomes incomprehensible… but somehow I seem to do okay, or so I'm told.

WNYC is mapping New York's best subway music performances.

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.

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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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