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June 22, 2012

Shorties (David Byrne on His Imelda Marcos Musical, Seth Grahame-Smith on Literary Mashups, and more)

All Things Considered interviews David Byrne about his Imedla Marcos musical.

"She had a mirror ball installed in her New York townhouse — not many of us can make that claim. And she had the roof of the palace in Manila converted into a music club," Byrne says. "I thought, 'Wow, here's somebody who lives in one of those bubble worlds who brings her own soundtrack.' "


Seth Grahame-Smith talks literary mashups with Time.


Pitchfork interviews Fiona Apple about her new album, The Idler Wheel....


The Millions interviews Joshua Henkin about his new novel The World Without You.


The A.V. Club staff recommends its favorite young adult novels.


Spin lists the 40 greatest band names of all time.


Foyles interviews Karen Thompson walker about her debut novel, The Age of Miracles.

This is in part also a coming-of-age tale. What made you choose an 11-year-old protagonist, one who is also experiencing the profound inner turmoil of puberty?

The slowing is an event that affects the whole planet, but I wanted to make sure that the story always felt very intimate. Focusing on the daily lives of one young girl and her family was a way of telling this global story in a way that I hoped would feel personal and emotional and real.


The first results are in for All Songs Considered's reader poll for best albums of the year (so far).


Adam Thirlwell and TM Wolf talk to the Guardian Books podcast about fiction that pushes at the limits of design.


The Telegraph lists the full playlists for the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony in London.


The A.V. Club offers entry points into the writing of Michael Moorcock.


Stream the covers album, Plays the Hits, by Sexton Blake of STRFKR.


My favorite new book Tumblr: Bookfessions.


Rascal interviews Guided By Voices drummer Kevin Fennell about the "classic lineup" reunion.


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.


Follow me on Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, 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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