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February 20, 2013

Shorties (Top Rock and Roll Travel Destinations, Essential Feminist Books, and more)

Lonely Planet lists the top 40 rock and roll travel destinations.

Flavorwire recommends 10 essential feminist books everyone should read.

Recommended Reading features a short story by Karen Russell.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Franz Nicolay.

NPR Books lists graphic novels with LGBT characters.

Flavorwire lists 10 of music's weirdest sources for samples.

The Guardian breaks down the controversy behind author Hilary Mantel's comments about Kate Middleton.

Mantel was discussing how the royal family and the media manipulate women; it is of little surprise that the media would attack her back. But this nonsense highlights how it is still, apparently, impossible to be a woman and put forth a measured opinion about one of your own without it being twisted into some kind of screed-ish, unsisterly attack. As Mantel has learnt to her cost today, it's not only royal women who are expected to stay quiet.

Singer-songwroter John Vanderslice is crowdfunding his new album on Kickstarter.

Blackberry's Keep Moving project is offering Calendar of Tales, a collection of 12 new Neil Gaiman stories, as a free download.

Rolling Stone examines the movement to make "Roadrunner" by The Modern Lovers Massachusetts' official rock song.

NPR Books shares an excerpt from Sonali Deraniyagala's new memoir Wave.

NPR Music is streaming Thom Yorke's new Atoms for Peace album.

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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