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March 27, 2013

Shorties (Essential Books About Comedy by Comedians, Stream the New Olafur Arnalds Album, and more)

The A.V. Club lists seven essential books about comedy by comedians.

Hype Machine is streaming Olafur Arnalds' new album For Now I Am Winter (out April 2nd).

The Globe and Mail profiles the seller of a 1,700 piece collection of writer's voices on vinyl records.

The catalogue of what's here runs to 80 pages, spanning two centuries of literary achievement. You could build an impressive pantheon with the names on these shelves, Auden and Atwood, Camus and Capote, Eliot, Faulkner, Kipling, Shaw and Yeats.

Beth Orton talks to the Telegraph about her latest album, Sugaring Season.

“My blueprint for the record was Roberta Flack’s First Take. I wanted that warm, enveloping sound, that deep, underpinning roll of bass and drums.” She smiles: “This record is what it is, no tricks. That might be really confusing to people because I’ve messed around so much in the past, tried out this that and the other, and this is a very straight-ahead, heartfelt record.”

Fresh Air interviews Lynn Olson about her new book, Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941.

The Other People podcast interviews author Amber Dermont.

All Things Considered interviews Douglas Rushkoff about his new book Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now.On the definition of "present shock"

"Most simply, 'present shock' is the human response to living in a world that's always on real time and simultaneous. You know, in some ways it's the impact of living in a digital environment, and in other ways it's just really what happens when you stop leaning so forward to the millennium and you finally arrive there."

PopMatters interviews Mike Scott of the Waterboys.

Flavorwire shares pages from author Sheila Heti's '90s feminist zine,

The Guardian shares a slideshow that encompasses singer-songwriter Billy Bragg's 30-year career.

On sale today at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side of the Moon album.

The Rumpus interviews author Jim Gavin about his new short story collection.

Alice Cooper is crowdfunding a new shock-rock horror anthology comic series.

Author Lenore Zion interviews herself at the Nervous Breakdown.

Aquarium Drunkard shared a 2003 Songs: Ohia radio session to remember Jason Molina.

Win the six books featured in this week's Book Notes feature and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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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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