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August 18, 2012

Shorties (A Profile of Author Ian McEwan, Jazz Covers of Hank Williams Songs, and more) profiles author Ian McEwan.

McEwan's books are famously rife with jarring incidents of violence—in the late '70s, he was saddled with the nickname "Ian Macabre"—although his themes have steadily become more universal. In Britain, reporters often call on him to speak about issues such as climate change and euthanasia. Louise Dennys, his Canadian editor, says it's because of "his willingness to engage with the world—in his own fairly quiet way. He's not only steadfast; I think he's enormously courageous."

A Blog Supreme shares a collection of jazz covers of Hank Williams songs.

At Salon, Laura Miller makes a case for positive book reviews.

Fashion designer Whitney Pozgay shares her musical influences with Rolling Stone.

The Huffington Post previews fall's new books.

LA Music Blog lists the top five bands to listen to in the car.

The Guardian shares an excerpt from Zadie Smith's new novel, NW.

On sale for $3.99 today at Amazon MP3: All Over The World: The Very Best Of ELO.

Molly Ringwald talks to Weekend Edition about her new novel, When It Happens to You.

All Things Considered discusses musicians who have paid the price for their political views.

Author Hari Kunzru lists his top 10 books about forgotten London undergrounds.

NPR streams a recent live performance by Wye Oak.

Propeller interviews Jon Raymond about his latest novel, Rain Dragon.

PBS NewsHour and Weekend Edition interview Marjane Satrapi about the film adaptation of her graphic novel Chicken with Plums.

NPR streams a recent Dirty Projectors concert.

The Nervous Breakdown interviews maria Semple about her new novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette.

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

Amazon MP3 offers over 400 albums for sale for $2.99.

Also on sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: 37 children's music 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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