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August 26, 2012

Shorties (Cat Power, Book Reviews for Hire, and more)

Pitchfork profiles Chan Marshall of Cat Power.

The New York Times examines the world of paid book reviews.

Mr. Liu estimates that about one-third of all consumer reviews on the Internet are fake. Yet it is all but impossible to tell when reviews were written by the marketers or retailers (or by the authors themselves under pseudonyms), by customers (who might get a deal from a merchant for giving a good score) or by a hired third-party service.

The Guardian interviews former Blur frontman Damon Albarn about his latest project, Africa Express.

Indie Wire reports that filmmaker Cameron Crowe is being courted to adapt Michael Chabon's new novel Telegraph Avenue for HBO.

Hanna Pylvainen talks to Weekend Edition about her new novel We Sinners.

NoiseTrade's first "editor's choice" album of the week is a free and legal download of Matthew Perryman Jones' Land of the Living.

The Observer profiles Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke.

Randy Cohen talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything.

At Hazlitt, author Hari Kunzru profiles filmmaker Werner Herzog.

The Observer lists the 10 best contemporary Africa books.

Weekend Edition interviews singer-songwriter Sean Rowe.

Stylist lists the 50 funniest lines from literature.

Amazon MP3 has over 1,000 digital albums on sale for $5.

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

Also on sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: 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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