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July 20, 2012

Shorties (The Olympics in Literature, Stream the New Micachu and the Shapes Album, and more)

The Guardian offers a "Olympic Games in literature" quiz.

The Guardian Books podcast discusses literature about the Olympics.


The Guardian is streaming the new Micachu and the Shapes album, Never (out July 24th).


Paste lists the 20 best Beck songs.


The Porter Square Books Blog interviews Emily St. John Mandel about her new novel The Lola Quartet.


The A.V. Club suggests entry points into the world of Batman comics and graphic novels.


FACT interviews singer-songwriter Zola Jesus.


Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy talk to All Things Considered about their new book, Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus.


Flavorwire recommends 10 contemporary metal bands.


Fresh Air reviews and excerpts from Caitlin Moran about her new essay collection, How to Be a Woman.

I don't mean to give the impression that Caitlin Moran is some midgame replacement, but it is bracing in this season of losing Ephron to discover a younger feminist writer who scrimmages with the patriarchy and drop-kicks zingers with comic flair.


At Paste, 26 music artists discuss the influence of the Rolling Stones.


NPR recommends five books that will keep voracious readers up at night.


FACT interviews the synth-pop duo Light Asylum.

How would you, as the composers, describe your music? but how do you perceive Light Asylum?

Bruno Coviella, Jr.:"We're both influenced by so many genres but the choices we made sonically happened quite organically within the writing process. We aim to have people dance and we often draw from our mutual love of dance music culture within the production of the songs. In the same way a blues guitarist would use one set of scales to write a song, while a classical cellist uses others, we write with post-punk and dance music influences in mind, while bringing our personal energy to the writing process. There’s no reason really we couldn't record some songs that make reference to other genres as well, but the influences you hear on the record are just that – the music that has been a huge inspiration to us."


At WBEZ, Claire Zulkey interviews Sheila Heti about her new novel, How Should a Person Be?.


Guardian readers name their favorite guitar solos.


Beyond the Margins list literary magazines and their compensation policies for contributors.


Legendary singer-songwriter Pete Seeger talks to The Brian Lehrer Show about his new book, Pete Seeger: His Life in His Own Words.


The Browser interviews Sophie Ratcliffe, who edited P.G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters.


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.


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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