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June 9, 2012

Shorties (Patti Smith's Favorite Operas, Ian Rankin on Robert Louis Stevenson, and more)

Singer-songwriter and poet Patti Smith lists her five favorite operas at WQXR.

In the Guardian, author Ian Rankin discusses his literary hero, Robert Louis Stevenson.

Pauline Black, singer of the British ska-revival band The Selector, talks to Weekend Edition about her new memoir Black by Design.

The L Magazine interviews Diane Williams, whose most recent short story collection is Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty.

Spinner shares a summer music festival guide.

All Things Considered profiles new U.S. poet laureate Natasha Tretheway.

Trethewey's work explores issues of mixed race, history and memory. She's published four books, including a meditation on Mississippi's Gulf Coast called Beyond Katrina. In 2007, Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize for her third book of poetry, Native Guard, a collection that explored a black Civil War regiment assigned to guard white Confederate soldiers held on Ship Island off Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The poems focused partly on history that was erased because it was never recorded.

All Shook Down recommends 10 dance music albums for people who don't know anything about dance music.

Alan Furst talks to Weekend Edition about his new thriller Mission to Paris.

Morning Edition profiles indie record label XL Recordings.

The path from The Prodigy's aggressive electronic beats to Adele's soaring pop vocals was built slowly, but for Russell, the secret to running a good record label comes down to three simple elements that remain central regardless of genre.

"The music's got to be great, it's got to be sold as well as possible, and everyone's got to get paid," he says.

Browbeat lists the best covers of Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451.

The Los Angeles Times lists musical works inspired by Bradbury.

Fresh Air shares a 1988 interview with the author.

Imaginary Cities visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

A new book for Batman fans: Batmobile: The Complete History.

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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