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August 9, 2012

Shorties (Beck's New Album as Illustrated Book, Larry McMurtry on Selling Books, and more)

Beck's next album will be published as an illustrated book of sheet music by McSweeney's.

Author and bookseller Larry McMurtry talks to Morning Edition about his recent book sale.

"I have a son and a grandson, and they're literate but they're not book people," he says. "And if I died and there [were] 450,000 books to deal with, it would be a real burden."

USA Today interviews Molly Ringwald about her new novel-in-stories, When It Happens to You.

Hypebot shares an inside look into the earnings of indie composer and cellist Zoe Keating.

At 90 Days, 90 Reasons, McSweeney's is posting a pro-Obama essay every day until the presidential election. The first two contributors are Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and film critic Roger Ebert.

TechHive recommends five websites to discover new music.

Comic book writer Mark Waid talks to All Things Considered about the future of comics in the digital age.

The Telegraph explores the recent technological advancements in improving the audio quality of digital music.

PBS NewsHour interviews Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

Flavorwire shares a Google Maps tour of famous authors' homes.

Rob Reid talks to All Things Considered about his new comic novel, Year Zero, which covers copyright law.

"What I tried to do was to create two equally comical, surreal worlds in the eyes of the reader," he says. "One of those worlds being that of the music-addled aliens, and the other one being basically the interaction of giant media interests with the United States Congress. And the mutant spawn of that romance, which is American copyright law."

io9 examines the philosophical roots of science fiction.

On sale for $2.99 at Amazon MP3: Fiona Apple's latest album, The Idler Wheel....

Flavorwire lists the 10 best end of the world novels.

Twin Shadow visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Stylist recommends the hot new books of August.

The Guardian explores music's latest fad, music festival cruises.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Tim Robbins will direct a feature film based on the short story "Wenceslas Square" by Arthur Phillips.

SuperDeluxeEdition is a music blog dedicated to box sets. (via)

The Guardian Music Tumblr shares a 73 minute, 84 song mix of the biggest UK hits to come out of Jamaica.

Win two popsicle cookbooks, Paletas and People's Pops, 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 hip hop 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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