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May 13, 2012

Shorties (Patti Smith, John Irving, and more)

All Songs Considered is streaming a new song by Patti Smith, from her forthcoming album Banga (out June 5th).


Weekend Edition interviews John Irving about his new novel In One Person.

On the similarities between wrestling and writing

"Many of my wrestling friends find it odd that I'm a writer, just as many of my writer friends in the writing world find it odd that I was — for so many years — a wrestler and wrestling coach. But they seem very similar to me. In both cases you have to be devoted to tireless repetition and small details. For many more hours than you will be in competition, you will be with a nameless workout partner — a sparring partner, drilling the same outside single-legged dive, inside collar tie — hundreds upon thousands of times. Well, how many times as a writer do you — or should you — rewrite the same sentence, the same paragraph, the same chapter? If you're good, you never tire of that."

Read an excerpt from the book.


Flavorwire lists the 10 most genuinely disturbing songs about mothers.


The Observer shares an interactive map of 100 British National Trust walks, including a collection of literary treks.


The Independent shares a "blagger's guide" to author Daphne du Maurier.


At Paste, 20 musicians discuss their college majors.


The Guardian lists the 10 best historical novels.


Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers talks to the Tulsa World about playing children's music under the moniker Farmer Jason.

"It's messy, it gets the bills paid ... it's extremely rewarding, and there is absolutely no pretense to any of it."


The New Inquiry interviews poet Eileen Myles.


The Geek Files points out a new comic paired with the new Mystery Jets album.

"This is a great new venue for comics," Davis added. "Blurring the media in this fashion creates a new dimension to read comic books and to immerse yourself into the music."


The New York Times examines readers' expectations in an e-book era.

Authors are now pulling the literary equivalent of a double shift, churning out short stories, novellas or even an extra full-length book each year.

They are trying to satisfy impatient readers who have become used to downloading any e-book they want at the touch of a button, and the publishers who are nudging them toward greater productivity in the belief that the more their authors’ names are out in public, the bigger stars they will become.


Win Hilary Mantel's novels Bring Up the Bodies and Wolf Hall 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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