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June 5, 2012

Shorties (Mary Karr on Songwriting and more)

Author Mary Karr talks to the San Jose Mercury News about writing music with Rodney Crowell for their album, Kin.

"I was so gobsmacked, the first song I ever wrote Norah Jones recorded, and Emmylou the second," Karr says, her voice almost hoarse with incredulity. "Emmylou is a goddess to me. Lucinda is the prophetess of pain. It was like hanging with music royalty. "


Paste lists the 12 greatest albums about youth in motion.


The Walrus Blog interviews author David Bezmozgis.


Shirley Manson of Garbage talks to Rolling Stone about the band's reunion album, Not Your Kind of People.


Dan Ariely talks to All Things Considered about his new book The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone---Especially Ourselves.

On how our cashless economy may encourage cheaters

"The moment something is one step removed from money ... people can cheat more and [still] feel good about themselves. It basically relieves people from the moral shackles. And, the reason this worries me so much is because if you think about modern society, we are creating lots of cashless economy. We have electronic wallets, we have mortgage-backed securities, we have stock options, and could it be that all of those payment modalities that as they get more and more further from money become easier for us to cheat and be dishonest with them."


All Things Considered examines the truth behind the term "sold out concert."


All Things Considered interviews Pawan Dhingra about his new book, Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream.


Neutral Bling Hotel mashes up hip hop songs with Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea album.


Neil Gaiman's recent graduation speech has been adapted into a comic.


Flavorwire lists 10 bands that would make great cults.


Jeremy Waldron talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, The Harm in Hate Speech.


Pitchfork has launched Soundplay, which features online games inspired by songs.


Win the Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide 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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