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June 12, 2012

Shorties (Jay McInerney on The Great Gatsby, Jenny Lewis on Songwriting, and more)

At the Guardian, Jay McInerney explains why F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby is so great.

Heard Mentality interviews singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis.

Can you talk about how your lyrics have changed from the unlucky-in-love-emo-girl of Rilo Kiley to the young solo artist in her 30s.

I tend to write about what I know. Even if I'm writing about a character I'm still writing about things that I observe and how they relate back to me. Rilo Kiley is putting together this B-sides collection. We've been listening and sorting through all these songs from 1998 and just the tone of what I was writing back then was so sad, so dark. And I don't necessarily feel like that all the time anymore. I'm trying to write about all of the emotions. I've gotten my heart broken, and fallen in love, and moved out my shitty rent-controlled apartment, and lost my father, and tried to rebuild my relationship with my mother. All of these things have definitely popped up in my songs and I want to write something that's real that people can feel.

Ladies Home Journal interviews Kate Christensen about her novel, The Astral.

Help back the Big Star documentary, Nothing Can Hurt Me at Kickstarter.

The Washington Post recommends children's books to encourage summer play.

Music Think Tank details how music supervisors license songs for film and television.

Flavorwire shows the childhood homes of famous authors.

The A.V. Club considers David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album 40 years after its release.

Fresh Air shares a "loner's survival guide" for summer reading.

Morning Edition profiles singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth.

Matsson has been praised as a poet, and is frequently compared to Bob Dylan. He often sings about nature, inspired by the scenery near his home in Falun, Sweden.

Fresh Air interviews Joan Rivers about her new book I Hate Everyone...Starting with Me.

The Record explores Egypt's underground music scene.

Rough Type examines the differences between the digital music and digital book industries.

Book Riot contributors list their most anticipated fall reads.

Win a copy of Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild 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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