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September 27, 2012

Shorties (J.K. Rowling Interviewed and Reviewed, Kids Interview Bands, and more)

J.K. Rowling talks to Morning Edition about her new novel The Casual Vacancy.

The Guardian rounds up the first batch of reviews for the book.


At Kids Interview Bands, two eleven year-olds interview musicians.


At the Telegraph, Michael Chabon recommends five novels about racial harmony.

In the New York Times, he discusses the inspiration behind his new novel Telegraph Avenue.

The New Yorker reviews the book.


The Georgia Straight profiles Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers.


The New York Times profiles author Emma Straub.


Bookworm and the New York Times interview Junot Diaz about his new short fiction collection This Is How You Lose Her.


Flavorwire lists 10 literary authors who illustrated their own work.


Billboard interviews Yoko Ono about her artistic legacy, politics, and new album with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore.


Amanda Cohen talks to the Toronto Star about her graphic novel cookbook, Dirt Candy.


Efterklang discuss the making of their new album Piramida with Drowned in Sound.


Jackalope Ranch interviews Matthew Parker about his graphic novel memoir, Larceny in My Blood.

The Columbia Spectator reviews the book.


Music History in GIFs: the Tumblr.


USA Today reports that actor Neil Patrick Harris is writing a memoir.


Drowned in Sound profiles Two Gallants.

The band famously got its name from a Joyce short story, and there's always been an earthy storytelling streak running through their work, as exemplified on 'Steady Rollin', one of their best known songs.


Fresh Air interviews J.R. Moehringer about his new novel, Sutton.


Win Shani Boianjiu's debut novel The People of Forever Are Not Afraid and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


Amazon MP3 has over 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for sale for $2.99.

Amazon MP3 offers over 300 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.


Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest,, Google+, Facebook, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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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