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July 26, 2012

Shorties (An Excerpt from Michael Chabon's New Novel, Dirty Projectors, and more)

Read a free e-book sample of Michael Chabon's forthcoming novel, Telegraph Avenue.

Hipsqueak interviews Chabon about his children's book, The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.

Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors talks to West Coast Sound about the band's new album Swing Lo Magellan.

Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Molly Ringwald this week.

Rolling Stone readers poll of the favorite prog rock albums of all time.

The Los Angeles Review of Books reviews five books about author Walter Benjamin.

Media Decoder gauges indie record label reaction to the Universal-EMI merger.

Bookworm interviews Laszlo Krasznahorkai about his novel Satantango.

Eric Bachmann talks to Creative Loafing Charlotte about the Archers of Loaf reunion.

The Other People podcast interviews author Christopher Beha.

At Paste, 12 acts playing this year's Newport Folk Festival name their favorite folk song.

Flavorwire lists 10 of the greatest YA fiction series of all time.

Freakonomics examines what hip hop/pop song mashups teach us.

At English PEN, Judith Landry discusses translating Diego Marini's novel New Finnish Grammar.

Stream the new Flaming Lips album, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, at the Guardian Music Blog.

The LSE Review of Books asks academics which books inspired them.

All Things Considered visits the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Guardian and Telegraph discuss the Man Booker Prize longlist.

Let It Be Beautiful is creating a zine for every Beatles song.

Win seven books (featured on this site's Book Notes series in the coming week) and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.

Also on sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: 25 "rock that goes to 11" albums.

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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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