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June 14, 2012

Shorties (A Pogues Memoir, Growing Up with Robot Books, and more)

The Guardian reviews James Fearnley's memoir, Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues.


Book Riot's new feature "Growing Up With" links picture books, middle reader, and teen books by theme or concept. The first entry is on robots.


Fictionaut interviews author Caroline Leavitt.


Rolling Stone interviews singer-songwriter Glen Hansard about Once's success at the Tony Awards and what he has learned from Bruce Springsteen.


Bookworm interviews Ben Fountain about his new novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.


The Regina Leader-Post profiles the band Parlovr.

The diversity between members and their background has largely affected the group and its music. When asked how they personally describe their unique genre, Maccuish replied, "Alex came up with the clever name of 'sloppy pop,' some people call it alternative or indie but I really just hope people give our music a listen and decide for themselves. Whether you like it or not it is a combination you can't find anywhere else."


NPR's Alan Cheuse recommends novels for summer reading, including Lauren Groff's excellent Arcadia.


Fresh Air interviews Kristen Iverson about her new book, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats.


The Santa Barbara Independent interviews singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis.


Flavorwire lists 30 books you should read before you turn 30.


Colin Meloy of the Decemberists and his sister, author Maile Meloy, discuss the music of their parents with All Things Considered.


Shelf Awareness interviews G. Willow Wilson about her new novel Alif the Unseen.

How has your work on graphic novels influenced your novel?

Writing comics and graphic novels has had a profound influence on the way I write prose. The plotting of a graphic novel has to be lean and functional. There's no room for the extraneous bit of dialogue that goes nowhere, the subplot that never pays off. Cliffhangers have to correspond with page-turns, so that the reader doesn't immediately see the outcome on the facing page, thereby ruining the suspense. You're always working with a precise page limit. It's an incredibly rigorous art form. It gave me a deep appreciation for story structure, and I used that in my prose.


The A.V. Club makes an R.E.M. pop pilgrimage to Athens, Georgia.


Author Alix Ohlin discusses her synesthesia experience with Small Demons.


Trampled by Turtles visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


The Charles Bukowski audio archive (1968-86).


Win a copy of Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild 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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