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July 2, 2012

Shorties (Mario Vargas Llosa, Quintessentially Canadian Albums, and more)

Mario Vargas Llosa talks to the Irish Times about his new novel, The Dream of the Celt.


Exclaim! recommended 10 "quintessentially Canadian" albums for Canada day.


At the Wall Street Journal, Kurt Anderson explains why he wrote his novel True Believers in the first person. (via)


The July edition of Bookslut is online.


On sale today at Amazon MP3: the Ryan Adams 174-track live box set Live After Deaf for $8.99.


The Millions lists the most anticipated books of the rest of 2012.


NPR is streaming Debo Band's self-titled album.


Ben Fountain talks to Morning Edition about his new novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

On the role of language in his novel

"From the very start, the correct rhythm, the correct sound for this book was going to be a headlong, reckless, full-bore kind of rhythm to it. And I wanted to try to capture the intense experience that Billy and the other Bravos are having, this very vivid, almost overwhelming sensory experience. I wanted to try to capture that, not just the images that the language is evoking, but in the sound of the language itself. I didn't want to give the reader a rest."


The Record interviews Richard Russell about producing Bobby Womack's new album The Bravest Man in the Universe.


Anthony Bourdain talks to the New York Daily News about his new graphic novel, Get Jiro!.


NPR is streaming Delicate Steve's new album, Positive Force.


The finalists for the Scottish Investment Trust Book Awards have been named.


On sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99 today: The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond album.


Win a copy of Gillian Flynn's new novel Gone Girl 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 also features 25 of its bestselling albums on sale for $2.99.


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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