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June 16, 2012

Shorties (James Joyce's Dublin, The Musical Anachronisms of Mad Men, and more)

At the Guardian, Colm Toibin visits the Dublin of James Joyce.


The Atlantic examines the musical anachronisms of the television series Mad Men. (via)


Mario Vargas Llosa discusses his writing career with the Guardian.


The Washington Post recommends three books on Soviet Communism.


Flavorwire interviews author Amelia Gray.


At Paste, singer-songwriter Kelly Hogan discusses three songs from her new album, I Like to Keep Myself in Pain.


Inbound Sounds has members of Hallalujah the Hills and Mount Peru critique each other's albums.


Drowned in Sound interviews Shirley Manson of Garbage.

While she's now more confident in herself than ever, she's not even close to forgetting the struggle she went through as a woman to be taken seriously as an artist. When I bring up feminism, she raises her concern that the types of roles women are allowed to play in mainstream music have become increasing circumscribed: "I feel that in the Nineties when we first came out there were a lot of different types of women being heard in the mainstream. In the last ten years all it has been is women singing pretty ditties and showing their titties. There's not been really many records that have been played on mainstream radio of any depth, or have indeed even been penned by women. That disturbs me a little. Plenty of pop music. Plenty of catchy, all-singing, all-dancing girls out there, but there’s not really many agitators or provocateurs or women in disagreement with what's going on."


Flavorwire lists books that make you undateable.


Critical Mob interviews Peter Holsapple about the recent release of the dB's Falling Off the Sky album, the band's first new music in 25 years.


The Chicago Tribune profiles cartoonist Jeffrey Brown.


The Guardian lists the best albums of 2012 so far. Stream them on Spotify.


Critical Mob interviews author Matt Bell, "the busiest guy in indie literature."


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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