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July 19, 2012

Shorties (The Best Rolling Stones Songs, Memorable Murders in Literature, and more)

At the Telegraph, author John Banville lists memorable murders in literature.

Paste lists the 50 best Rolling Stones songs.

Jonathan Campbell, author of the book Red Rock: The Long, Strange March of Chinese Rock and Roll, lists his favorite Chinese albums at Scene Asia.

The L Magazine's summer fiction issue is online.

The Georgia Straight profiles the band Dirty Projectors.

Bookworm interviews Jim Krusoe about his new novel, Parsifal.

The Nashville Scene examines the appeal of indie labels to veteran country music artists.

George Strait and Reba McEntire — Country Music Hall of Famers who still impact the charts — are the exceptions, not the rule. For most performers, the ebb of radio airplay and major label support is inevitable. And adjusting to humbler career circumstances can't be easy for anyone who's breathed the rarified air of stardom long enough to get used to it. Pride, or inertia, can keep a performer striving to reach the same old commercial heights the same old ways. But there's a tiny yet growing minority of veteran acts who are shaking off the mid- to late-career status quo and teaming up with indie labels that aim beyond radio.

ZDNet explains why IT professionals should read science fiction.

Popmatters lists the top 10 Batman music tracks.

Tablet reviews two graphic novels, Guy Delisle's Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City and Harvey Pekar's Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me.

At Sound of the City, Patti Smith lists her five favorite operas.

NPR Books excerpts two chapters from Peter Heller's new novel The Dog Stars.

At Morning Edition, Tina Brown recommends books and articles about modern warfare.

Coachella is sponsoring musical cruises.

Sally Koslow talks to Talk of the Nation about her new book, Slouching Toward Adulthood: Observations from the Nos-So-Empty Nest.

NoiseTrade interviews Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller.

The Guardian lists the top 10 homes in literature.

Win copies of Cheryl Strayed's collection of Dear Sugar columns Tiny Beautiful Things and Jaime Hernandez's graphic novel God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls 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.

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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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