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June 28, 2012

Shorties (Interviews with Junot Diaz, Jonathan Richman, and more)

The Boston Review interviews author Junot Diaz.

All Shook Down interviews seminal singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman.

In the last "interview" you granted, the poem you wrote and recorded earlier this year for UK's Mojo, you said it was strange to be turning 60 but playing shows where "the people stay 20." Why do you think your music is so perennially appealing to young people?

With the younger people at the shows, we've asked some of 'em how they know about us and they say they see clips of us on YouTube, then they come. Oh, incidentally, my music has not always appealed to young (20-year-old) people. Especially when I was a 20-year-old people! Also in the late '70s through the '80s it was hit or miss... and I think that was partly because of a rigidity in my music at that time. It's now that it's the best time: we have (me and my drummer Tommy Larkins) the best, overall, times with audiences of all ages, in the U.S. and everywhere, right now.

Foyles previews new fiction coming July through September.

The New York Times recommends wireless music setups for the home.

io9 recommends books to replace your favorite canceled television shows.

Morning Edition remembers screenwriter and essayist Nora Ephron.

Drowned in Sound asks the question, "Is retromania ruining pop music?".

John Wray interviews Matt Dojny about his new novel, The Festival of Earthly Delights, at The Millions.

FACT lists the second quarter of 2012's best albums.

Janet Groth talks to the New York Times about her new memoir, The Receptionist.

The Guardian and Observer are offering free music audiobook downloads this weekend.

The New York Times examines the repackaging of classic literature to attract young readers.

Teenagers are still reading the classics. They just don’t want them to look so, well, classic.

That is the theory of publishers who are wrapping books like "Emma" and "Jane Eyre" in new covers: provocative, modern jackets in bold shades of scarlet and lime green that are explicitly aimed at teenagers raised on "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games."

Amanda Palmer talks to the Comic Book Club podcast about her forthcoming graphic novel.

The Millions lists the only four types of mystery novel plots.

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.

Amazon MP3 also features 25 of its bestselling albums on sale for $2.99.

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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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