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October 15, 2012

Shorties (Stream the New Bat for Lashes Album, The Evolution of the Literary Event, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Bat for Lashes album, The Haunted Man (out October 22nd).


Publishers Weekly examines the evolution of literary events from readings to social gatherings.


The Arty Semite lists the top 10 Jewish literary scandals.


Heart's Ann Wilson of Heart discusses the band's biggest hits with the A.V. Club.

AVC: That's something that you guys are hailed for, even now. Even when you were doing music videos in the '80s, you were never rolling around in lingerie.

AW: Yeah, well, it’s been a battle all along. For every time that we didn't wear lingerie, there have been 20 people who have told us, "Hey, you should just wear this lingerie, you’ll get a lot farther." Nothing against lingerie, it's gorgeous and it's very erotic.


Scene Asia lists five Chinese books you should read.


The Guardian lists strange music merchandise.


PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Jens Lekman about songwriting.


Flavorwire lists the 10 most twisted couples in literature.


NPR is streaming Sinkane's new album, Mars (out October 23rd)


Morning Edition interviews Michael Sims about his new book, The Story of Charlotte's Web: E.B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic.


Andrew McCarthy talks to All Things Considered about her new memoir, The Longest Way Home.

Read an excerpt from the book.


NPR is streaming the new Titus Andronicus album, Local Business (out October 22nd).


Tablet profiles author Mark Helprin.

Brevity isn't exactly Helprin's trademark; much like his 1983 novel, Winter's Tale, his newest work is an intimidating 700 pages. "I don't really even think about it," he said. "When you're young it seems impossible to write at length. As you get older it seems impossible to write not at length." Given that he published Winter’s Tale nearly three decades ago, it seems simpler and more accurate to conclude that Helprin writes long.


Win four of my favorite books of 2012 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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