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February 22, 2013

Shorties (The Convergence of Literature and Television, Best-Selling Albums as Book Covers, and more)

The Wall Street Journal examines the increasing convergence of television and literature.

"There can't be a novelist in America who watched "The Wire" and didn't think, 'Oh my God, I want to do something like that,' " says Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, who is co-writing an HBO series about magicians who fight Nazis with his wife, novelist Ayelet Waldman. "The tapestry is so broad, it's like a 19th-century novel."

Designer Christopher Gowans re-imagines best-selling albums as book covers.

Tumblr has launched a new music blog,, which will highlight posts with the #music tag.

Paste lists 15 great David Foster Wallace quotes.

Flavorwire lists Nina Simone's most beautifully sad songs.

Fresh Air interviews Dr. Sam Parnia about his book Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death.

Stereogum lists the 10 best Morrissey songs.

The Paris Review interviewed author George Saunders about love on Valentine's Day.

All Songs Considered is soliciting songs from bands playing SXSW (and SXSW-adjacent activities).

At Morning Edition, Tina Brown recommends three must-reads that deal with the post-9/11 world.

Win the new issue of Lucky Peach the Baked: Elements cookbook, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.
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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