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August 4, 2012

Shorties (JEFF the Brotherhood Interviewed, Gore Vidal's Crime Fiction, and more)

The A.V. Club interviews Jamin Orrall of JEFF the Brotherhood.

Page-Turner examines the crime fiction of Gore Vidal.

Sound of the City profiles Marina and the Diamonds.

Marina and the Diamonds have been stuck into a few different trendlets—a byproduct of the same British pop craze that's turned Calvin Harris, One Direction, and Cher Lloyd into radio favorites; an obvious commodity meant to sate Kate Bush and Tori Amos fans who long ago stopped seeing eye-to-eye with either diva; a pop bombshell groomed in the tradition of Lana Del Rey. But with Electra Heart, she not only ushers in some much-needed verve and dazzle into the American Top 40 landscape, she represents a shift happening across pop music.

The Guardian examines the literary implications of this year's Man Booker Prize longlist.

Among the many curveballs in this year's Booker longlist is the inclusion of two relatively unknown Commonwealth writers – Malaysian Tan Twan Eng (for The Garden of Evening Mists) and Indian Jeet Thayil (for Narcopolis). It's a cheering sign that perhaps British literary horizons are being broadened.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats talks to Rolling Stone about the band's forthcoming album, Transcendental Youth (out October 2nd).

The Guardian profiles author Mark Billingham.

Since moving from acting and stand-up comedy to crime writing with his 2001 debut Sleepyhead, Billingham has written 11 novels, which have met with both commercial and critical success. An increasingly prominent figure in the crime-writing world, he was this year's chair of the annual gathering of the clans at the Harrogate crime festival, and was the first writer to win the Theakston's best crime novel of the year prize twice; his DI Tom Thorne has been portrayed on TV by David Morrissey. He says that, from the beginning, the Thorne books were about his often troubled detective's relationship with an often troubled city.

At the Guardian Music blog, readers discuss their most inspiring political songs.

PBS shares an American Masters documentary about author Gore Vidal.

NPR Music is streaming live performances from this weekend's Newport Jazz Festival.

The Other People podcast interviews Patrick Wensink, author of the novel Broken Piano for President.

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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