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August 12, 2012

Shorties (Download and Stream Patti Smith Poetry Readings; The Literary Scene of Washington, D.C.; and more)

Ubuweb shares mp3s of early poetry readings and music performances by Patti Smith.

Ploughshares profiles the literary community of Washington, D.C.

Weekend Edition profiles The Zombies.

The Zombies' third studio album, Odessey and Oracle, spawned what may be the band's best-known song, "Time of the Season." But the record wasn't a big success when it first came out in 1968. In fact, The Zombies' original lineup disbanded before Odessey and Oracle even came out.

It wasn't until 12 years after the album's release that it really started generating praise. Paul Weller of the English new-wave band The Jam called it his favorite album of all time — he maintains as much to this day — which helped bring in successive generations of younger fans. Founding members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone say the record's influence continues to reach across decades.

Flavorwire lists famous literary authors' tattoos.

The Record profiles Ellie Goulding.

Goulding is one of several female artists stepping in to define the feminine side of EDM, a scene more associated with DJ machismo than the introversion of female singer-songwriters. Her romance with the genre's poster boy, Skrillex, is the Top 40's cutest pairing: they're like sprites with matching asymmetrical haircuts, bounding through Electric Daisy fields. Goulding's savvy around sequencers isn't surprising; England has long produced pioneering female artists with a strong foot in electronic music, from the great Kate Bush onward. Goulding's idol, Bjork, relocated from Iceland to London to define her solo sound in collaboration with producers like Nellee Hooper, and she subsequently became a defining influence on the artier side of dance music.

Marc Tyler Nobleman talks to All Things Considered about his new book, Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.

"Bill Finger is the uncredited co-creator of Batman," author Marc Tyler Nobleman tells NPR's Guy Raz. "His name never appeared on a Batman story in his lifetime, but he was responsible for just about everything enduring about Batman."

Adam Brent Houghtaling talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, This Will End in Tears: The Miserabilist Guide to Music.

"A lot of books were being released about happiness, and people were talking about a happiness industry, and about how happiness was our national obsession," he says. "I spend just as much if not more time in a kind of melancholy, ruminative state, and I wanted to kind of celebrate that that's good. We don't always need to be searching for happiness."

Houghtaling also talks to the Boston Globe about the book.

A comics writer lists the benefits of using graphic novels as teaching tools at the CBC.

Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

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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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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