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January 23, 2013

Shorties (A Profile of Jeff Mangum, Using Film to Engage Students with Literature, and more)

The Charleston City Paper profiles singer-songwriter Jeff Mangum.

As far as the musical figures of the last quarter century go, few are more fascinating than Neutral Milk Hotel singer-songwriter Jeff Mangum. His second album, 1998's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, is one of the era's most feted releases, a beautiful surreal lo-fi paean to loneliness, longing, and hope, after which he walked away from the spotlight for 14 years. Now, he's back.

The Guardian Teacher Network examines the use of film to engage pupils with literature.

The Largehearted Boy books of the year:

my favorite graphic novels of 2012
my favorite nonfiction books of 2012
my favorite novels of 2012
my favorite short story collections of 2012

ArtistDirect reports that actor and author Molly Ringwald will release an album of jazz standards this spring.

Flavorwire recommends 10 books you should read instead of watching the MTV series Buckwild.

Stream a Spotify playlist of acts confirmed for SXSW Music 2013.

Flavorwire lists 10 musicians from Mali you should know.

Sam Roberts talks to All Things Considered about his book Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America.

Jenny Lewis talks Rilo Kiley reunion rumors and film scoring with BuzzFeed.

Elizabeth LaBan discusses the process of writing and publishing her young adult novel The Tragedy Paper with Writer's Digest.

Tea for Tyrants pairs music downloads with green tea.

Win three exceptional books titled "Jerusalem" (two graphic novels and a cookbook) and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
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Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 free and legal mp3s.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists
The list of online "best of 2012" music lists

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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