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June 3, 2012

Shorties (The Best #1 Singles of the Past 60 Years, Martin Amis, and more)

The Guardian is naming the best music singles for each year since 1952.


The Guardian profiles author Martin Amis.


The New York Times reviews Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero's new album Songs for Unusual Creatures.

Think of Mr. Hearst's 16-movement "Songs for Unusual Creatures" as an exotic updating of "Carnival of the Animals," with freewheeling, postmodern eclecticism in place of Saint-Saëns's lush Romanticism, and a parade of exotic specimens — the elephant shrew, the blobfish, the magnapinna squid — substituting for the original's commonplace menagerie. The work's title notwithstanding, there are no texts. But Mr. Hearst, who is also an author, has written a related book, "Unusual Creatures," due out in September from Chronicle Books.


BBC News interviews author Ann Patchett about the importance of independent bookstores.


The Observer lists the 10 best historical novels of all time.


Paste lists 10 "awesome" things about singer-songwriter Regina Spektor.


The Other People with Brad Listi podcast interviews author Jerry Stahl.


Weekend Edition interviews Kelly Hogan about her new album, I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (out June 5th).


Haruki Murakami bingo.


The Record offers a statistical breakdown by band of 20 summer music festivals.


Flavorwire recommends 10 science fiction books for people who don't read sci-fi.


Louder than War interviews music critic Simon Reynolds.


The Huffington Post lists its 11 favorite queens from literature.


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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