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March 17, 2013

Shorties (Literary Graffiti, Songs Inspired by Movie Characters, and more)

BuzzFeed lists examples of literary graffiti.

Paste lists great songs inspired by movie characters.

At the Guardian, Manil Suri lists the top 10 books about Mumbai.

Singer-songwriter Tift Merritt and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein talk to the Guardian about their collaborative album, Night.

The Scotsman examines the "bloodsport" of slam, or performance, poetry.

Low's Alan Sparhawk talks to the Minneapolis Star Tribune about recording the band's new album The Invisible Way with Jeff Tweedy.

When Low hit the studio, Sparhawk recounted, "Jeff told us upfront, 'You guys know how to do what you do. I'm not going to be concerned with that.' So he focused his energy more on making sure everything sounded right and there was the right energy in the room — which he was good at, since it's his room."

DIY and the Duluth News Tribune also profile the band.

Weekend Edition interviews Ruth Ozeki about her new novel A Tale for the Time Being.

On the cultural connections between Japan and the U.S.

"I've lived in Japan for many years. It's a culture that I know well and that I love dearly. One of the things that I've noticed is that very often cultural trends in Japan tend to surface in America several years later. So when I first started reading about bullying in Japan, I thought, 'Wow ... I wonder if this is also going to be one of those situations where several years later it appears in the States.' And sure enough that's exactly what happened. We're not immune to that here. So, you know, in that sense, this was a story that is a universal one."

Flavorwire lists the most controversial music videos of all time.

Open Culture shares Donald Barthelme's syllabus of 81 books for his University of Houston undergraduate students.

Gospel Gossip visits The Current studio for a live performance and interview.

Win all 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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