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June 19, 2012

Shorties (David Lowery on Buying Music, Novellas for Summer Reading, and more)

At The Trichordist, David Lowery writes a letter to the NPR intern who, though having 11,000 mp3s on her computer, had only bought 15 CDs in her lifetime.

On a personal level, I have witnessed the impoverishment of many critically acclaimed but marginally commercial artists. In particular, two dear friends: Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) and Vic Chestnutt. Both of these artists, despite growing global popularity, saw their incomes collapse in the last decade. There is no other explanation except for the fact that "fans" made the unethical choice to take their music without compensating these artists.

Flavorwire recommends 10 novellas for summer reading.

The Telegraph profiles singer-songwriter and poet Patti Smith.

She believes the environment matters more. "And I've said this over and over, but I'll say it a million more times — I'm concerned more about the death of a bee than I am about terrorism. Because we're losing hives and bees by the millions because of such strong pesticides. We can live with terrorism. We can't live without the bee."

Recommended Reading shares a short story by Jesmyn Ward.

Ology lists the 10 best indie/alternative albums of 2012 so far.

Fresh Air reviews and excerpts from Jess Walter's new novel Beautiful Ruins.

NPR is taking reader suggestions for the best young adult novels for its annual summer readers' poll.

Paste lists 15 great instrumental tracks from vocal bands.

NPR recommends summer's best science fiction books.

The Oxford American interviews singer-songwriter Dent May.

THE OA: Do you feel more special or recognized being who you are and living in the South? As opposed to being just another dude hustling in Brooklyn?

DM: Yeah, that's one thing about New York—there are a lot of bands. Down here, you don't have to worry about the competition. It's not about feeling special, because I'm not a competitive person. I want to do the best that I can, and I want everything I do to be better than what I did before, but I think a lot of people are career-oriented where I'm totally not.

Granta interviews Adam Thirlwell about his new novella, Kapow!.

Metric visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Atlantic examines the positives and negatives of the relaunch of Oprah's book club.

Scritti Politti's Green Gartside talks to Drowned in Sound about the legacy of singer-songwriter Sandy Denny.

Author Mike Brotherton explains why we need science fiction.

Win Anthony Bourdain's new graphic novel Get Jiro! 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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