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June 21, 2012

Shorties (Nick Drake Covers, Said Sayrafiezadeh on the State of American Fiction, and more)

Cover Me shared a collection of Nick Drake covers.

Flavorwire interviews author Said Sayrafiezadeh.

How would you describe the state of American fiction today? Is there anything you love or hate about it?

If the Caribbean cruise ship I was recently on is any indication, the state of American fiction is quite robust. Robust with James Patterson, Nora Roberts, and Fern Michaels. It was a shocking realization for me that many — if not most — of my fellow Americans' literary preference does not coincide with mine. During my seven days on board, the only genuinely literary book I spotted among the impressively large number of people who were engaged in reading was The Satanic Verses. But who am I to judge what constitutes exalted literature? It’s really none of my business.

Grantland interviews Bob Nastanovich about Pavement, the Silver Jews, and horse racing.

Bookworm interviews Richard Ford about his new novel, Canada.

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy discusses the differencesbetween American and European audiences at the Quad City Times.

"A lot of American audiences come at the show like, 'You really need to show us something and entertain us' and 'You’re there for us,' " Tweedy said.

"A lot of European audiences come at the show like, 'We're in this together, let’s make this awesome,' " he added.

VentureBeat lists six tech founders immortalized in graphic novels.

The A.V. Club visits New York's birthplace of hiphop.

The New York Times notes that French independent bookstores are prospering.

Flavorwire lists nine songs that would make great theme parties.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Sheila Heti's new book How Should a Person Be?.

The Mix shares a streaming music playlist of "songs of the summer" from 1962-2012.

Book Monkey interviews Karen Thompson walker about her debut novel, The Age of Miracles.

Some would describe your novel as part sci-fi, and part coming-of-age. Were these two ideas always there from the beginning, or did one come before the other? And how difficult was it to mould them together into the novel it is today?

The idea began with the slowing of the rotation, but I knew before I wrote the first sentence that the book would revolve around the life of a young girl. I think adolescence is a really fascinating time of life, and I wanted to explore it in this strange context. I didn't exactly think of the book as specifically science fiction or specifically coming of age. I just wanted to tell a story about people, one that would feel moving and real.

Win Anthony Bourdain's new graphic novel Get Jiro! 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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