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August 22, 2012

Shorties (Fall's Anticipated Book Titles, A Kurt Cobain Sticker Book, and more)

Kirkus Reviews previews fall's most anticipated fiction, nonfiction, and children's books.

Kurt and the Gang is a sticker book that chronicles the life and influences of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.

Singer-songwriter M. Ward talks to Rolling Stone about his new app that streams quality, non-commercial radio.

The shortlist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize has been named. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors G. Willow Wilson and Tupelo Hassman.

The A.V. Club lists the top 12 songs about shoplifting.

Country music's The Band Perry talks to the Burlington Free Press about their music's literary influences.

DC9 at Night recommends six albums to torture your college roommate with.

The Telegraph lists 10 literary paintings.

PopMatters profiles Stevie Jackson of Belle and Sebastian.

NPR shares an excerpt of Michael Chabon's new novel Telegraph Avenue.

The Line of Best Fit is streaming the remastered and expanded edition of the Acid House Kings' Sing Along With Acid House Kings album (out August 28th).

Fresh Air interviews Seth Rosenfeld about his new book, Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power.

Dan Deacon sits in as a guest DJ at All Songs Considered.

The Powell's Books Blog interviews Emma Straub about her debut novel, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures.

Jill: I love the other characters in the new novel, too. I don't want to give anything away, but I feel like you do a really lovely job of making them believable, in part by having some of them act in unexpected ways or having their lives turn out differently than I had initially thought they would.

Straub: I teach writing workshops here in New York at the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop. One of the things that my students and I often talk about is the difference between writing a short story and writing a novel. What can you do in a short story that you can't do in a novel? What can you do in a novel that you can't do in a short story? One of the things I think you can do in a novel is really, really have fun with secondary and tertiary characters.

The Guardian recommends 10 essential songs by The Who.

Explicitly Graphic interviews journalist and cartoonist Ted Rall.

Now that I know you as a writer and a cartoonist, which do you find more satisfying?

In cartooning, I always had ability for that. When I see the blank piece of paper, I see endless possibilities and it just comes easier. With writing, it took years and years of writing before I felt as though I was a pretty good writer. But with the writing, there's more power to change things. So they're just different, and I can't really call one more satisfying than the other.

Victoria Hesleth, aka Little Boots, discusses her favorite musical gadgets and synths.

Win all six books featured in this week's Book Notes feature and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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