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June 24, 2012

Shorties (Historical Fiction for Summer Reading, Jack White, and more)

Weekend Edition recommends historical fiction for summer reading.


BBC News profiles Jack White.

I had worried that White would be glib and pretentious. He's anything but. He's thoughtful, eager to explain, playful and endearingly humble when praised.

And he's passionate about his desire to inject meaning into everything he does. It is perhaps this thirst that is behind his passion for vinyl.


Marcus Samuelsson talks to Weekend Edition about his new memoir, Yes, Chef.

On breaking a racial barrier in the kitchen

"It didn't exist, the concept of a black chef. There were black dishwashers, but there was not — ever, ever, ever — a black chef. So I had to not only open the door, but with the concept that it would be even possible. But it also made me stronger. I always feel, get me in a room, give me my pots and pans, give me the ingredients, and I'll be fine."


The New York Times profiles author Leila Meacham.

Lorraine Heath, a Texas-based novelist who specializes in historical romances, said that Ms. Meacham might be tapping into a larger cultural thirst for a slower, more sprawling way of life.

"I think that the decline of interest in the epic romance-literary hybrid may be a result of our living in such a fast-paced, sound-bite-driven society," she wrote in an e-mail.

Ms. Heath added, "But like all things in publishing, readers’ tastes are cyclic, and I suspect that many do miss” those kinds of novels."


At the Guardian, Portishead's Geoff Barrow shares a musical soundtrack of his life.


Antony Beever talks to Weekend Edition about his new book The Second World War.


The Observer is sharing music playlists from Great Britain's 2012 Olympic athletes.


Prospero profiles literary Brooklyn.


NPR is now streaming podcasts of John Wesley Harding's monthly variety show Cabinet of Wonders, which features music, comedy, and literary readings.


Win two of the year's finest debut novels, Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles and Carol Rifka Brunt's Tell the Wolves I'm Home, 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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