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August 5, 2012

Shorties (James Mercer on The Shins, Movies You Didn't Realize Were Based on Books, and more)

Speakeasy interviews Shins frontman James Mercer about his recent musical collaborations and the band's career.

What was your reaction to the scene in "Garden State" that spotlighted The Shins?

I did go see the film when it was still in the theater, and I felt like a strange sort of embarrassment. I didn't realize it was so blatant. It's just really this intimate moment where this beautiful girl [played by Natalie Portman] gives you the headphones. So, I felt sort of like, Oh my god, I hope I'm not seen sitting here. It's like, what a wanker sitting there watching a movie that’s basically just going to bloat his ego.

Flavorwire lists 10 movies you didn't realize were based on books.

Joshua M. Glasser talks to All Things Considered about his new book The Eighteen-Day Running Mate: McGovern, Eagleton, and a Campaign in Crisis.

Talk of the Nation interviews Chris Hedges about his new book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

All Things Considered interviews reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.

Weekend Edition ponders the future of book covers in a digital age.

Singer-songwriter John Fullbright visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Times Literary Supplement shares a newly translated Vladimir Nabokov short story.

R.I.P. Jason Noble of the bands Rodan, Rachel's, and Shipping News.

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 albums from artists on tour this year.

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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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