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March 16, 2013

Shorties (Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Folk Music, A New Sufjan Stevens Song, and more)

Lawrence Ferlinghetti talks music and poetry with The Poetry Foundation.

The folk musicians are the real poets, the real popular poets of America. The poets that are printed in books, how many people read them compared to the vast audience of the folksinger? A lot of the folksingers’ poems are greater than the printed poems! Dylan’s early songs were long surrealist poems. They were wonderful poems on their own. You could say the same of some of the Woody Guthrie lines… The printing press made poetry so silent. Before the printing press, poets spoke and sang aloud! They didn’t depend on the book. The Beats were the first poets since Carl Sandburg and Vachel Lindsay to make performance aloud more important than the printed version. The oral message came first.

Sufjan Stevens shared a demo of the unreleased song, "Julia."

Andrew Shaffer talks to WFPL about his book Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors.

These days, Shaffer acknowledges the literary life is pretty tame by comparison. Authors are less likely to get into storied feuds with their critics, for example, than they are to engage in a Twitter fight.

"A Twitter fight is not a real fight," he says.

Financial Times profiles Philip Roth, and gauges the author's chances of winning a Nobel Prize. compares streaming music services and their value to musical artists.

Weekend Edition interviews Aleksandr Hemon about his new memoir The Book of My Lives.

On how the Bosnian War changed his fiction

"I had written fiction before, but the fiction was in the vein of the story that I just mentioned: somewhat nihilistic and absurd, and sorely devoid of — how would I put it — the real human experience. And with the war, there was a different kind of responsibility toward the reality of human experience. In other words, fiction could no longer be entirely fictional."

Links to all the cover song posts at Largehearted Boy have been collected on my Tumblr.

Category Thirteen lists its top literary websites.

All Songs Considered recaps day three of SXSW Music.

Cheryl Strayed recommends nonfiction books at the Barnes and Noble Review.

Local Natives visit World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

LibraryThing lists all 262 books in Marilyn Monroe's personal library.

Browbeat shares a stream of every "Yeah" uttered in song by Metallica frontman James Hetfield.

Flavorwire lists great books about wandering the city.

David Axe talks to the Guardian about his new graphic novel, Army of God: Joseph Kony's War in Central Africa.

"Anything that draws attention to this conflict from the outside world is a good thing, unless of course it's egregiously inaccurate, but Invisible Children is not a propaganda outfit," Axe said. "They produced a video that millions of people watched; millions of people learned more about the Congo conflict than they would from another source."

Flavorwire shares a collection of David Bowie quotes.

The Sunday Syndicate is a collective of comic artists and scholars online.

Such Sweet Thunder is a website that features essays about how particular albums affected writers' lives.

Sarah MacLean discusses the importance of romance book clubs at indie bookstores to authors.

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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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