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June 10, 2012

Shorties (Jonathan Demme on Neil Young, John Irving on Writing in Longhand, and more)

The Los Angeles Times profiles Neil Young.

Filmmaker Jonathan Demme also talks to the Pop and Hiss about his three concert films featuring Young.

The New York Times interviews author John Irving.

Where, when and how do you like to read? Paper or electronic?

I get up early. I like to read a little before anyone but the dog is up. I also like to read at night, not in bed but just before I go to bed. I don't read anything electronically. I don't write electronically, either — except e-mails to my family and friends. I write in longhand. I have always written first drafts by hand, but I used to write subsequent drafts and insert pages on a typewriter. Now (for the last two books) I write all my drafts by hand. It's the right speed for me — slow.

DIY interviews singer-songwriter Amanda Mair.

Flavorwire lists wonderful short films based on short stories.

The Independent explains examines why music gig posters are a sound financial investment.

Weekend Edition recommends audiobooks for summer family road trips.

The A.V. Club interviews singer-songwriter Paul Williams about having his songs sung by artists as diverse as The Carpenters and The Muppets.

Time shares a book lover's guide to reading and walking at the same time.

At Paste, seven banjo players discuss the 40th anniversary of the film Deliverance.

The Guardian profiles Bruce Springsteen, "last of the protest singers."

At the Guardian Books podcast, Nick Harkaway, Simon Ings, and Ben Marcus discuss literary dystopias.

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.

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