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October 10, 2012

Shorties (National Book Award Finalists, New Walkmen Songs, and more)

The 2012 National Book Award finalists have been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Eliot Schrefer and his young adult novel Endangered.

The Walkmen are streaming two new songs on Soundcloud.

Goodreads finds that Obama supporters are more likely to read Franzen, Romney's are Ayn Rand fans.

The Oxford American profiles Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers.

He began writing a sketch of an idea for a novel, to try something different. He wanted the novel to be a fictionalized account of a very rough period of his life in the early nineties, and he knew the title would be Slam Dancing In The Pews, the name of a forgotten song he once wrote for a forgotten band called Virgil Kane. A songwriter at heart, Hood started interspersing song lyrics in between chapters of the book, but predictably, the songs quickly became more central.

The Horn interviews Hood.

Flavorwire lists 15 scathing early reviews of classic novels.

The American Reader profiles one of my favorite Tumblrs, Underground New York Public Library.

Flavorwire lists 10 female electronic music pioneers you should know.

Richard Branson talks to Morning Edition about his new book, Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School.

PopMatters and the Baltimore City Paper interview John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats about the band's new album, Transcendental Youth.

Will Wiles, author of the novel Care of Wooden Floors, lists three books where things go awry at NPR Books.

The Mix streams a playlist of artists performing at CMJ this year.

Tori Marlan talks to The Bleader about her new nonfiction graphic novel-in-progress, Stowaway.

Win Matt Furie's new children's book The Night Riders 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.

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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)
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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