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July 25, 2012

Shorties (Jens Lekman Interviewed, NPR's Favorite Young Adult Novels Poll, and more)

Drowned in Sound interviews singer-songwriter Jens Lekman.


NPR has opened voting for your favorite young adult novels.


CNN interviews author Charles Yu about his new short story collection, Sorry Please Thank You.

CNN: You've been described as a science-fiction writer and compared to writers like Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Roth and Jonathan Lethem. What do you think of these labels and comparisons?

Yu: Those are all ludicrous comparisons. And I welcome them wholeheartedly. But seriously, the three writers you just named are on the very top shelf of my personal pantheon, along with a few others. I go back to them over and over again for inspiration and, of course, to steal whatever I can from them. As for the label science-fiction writer -- I'll take it, and wear that label with pride. But there's plenty of room on my shirt for other labels, too.


Stereogum lists indie songs inspired by baseball.


Writers Digest interviews author Julie Klam.


Flavorwire recommends five New Zealand bands you should know.


The Paris Review blog visits the Lake Forest, Illinois of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his Great Gatsby character Daisy Buchanan.


PopMatters lists the 10 best Oasis b-sides.


Michael Angelakos talks to Morning Edition about the new Passion Pit album, Gossamer.


Flavorwire interviews Grace Krilanovich, author of The Orange Eat Creeps.


The electronic duo Electric Guest visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


The Toronto Star examines the value of comics in medical school curriculums.


Asya and Chloe of Smoosh are funding their new album (with a new band name, CHAOS) through Kickstarter.


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.


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