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March 10, 2013

Shorties (Marilynne Robinson's Reading Habits, When David Bowie Met William Burroughs, and more)

Author Marilynne Robinson discusses her reading habits with the New York Times.

The Guardian recounts the time David Bowie met author William Burroughs, and its effect on the musician's career.

Bowie's needs were less obvious, but nonetheless urgent. Searching for an exit from conventional pop stardom, he needed another way of working and a different kind of public persona. Literary cachet offered the chance of a deeper, wider and more permanent cultural relevance; Burroughs had an impeccable avant-garde reputation and an image that was at once forbidding and forbidden, remote and culturally potent.

Brooklyn Magazine profiles Maris Kreizman and her magnificent Tumblr, Slaughterhouse 90210.

The Guardian interviews Jack White about Mississippi blues music and his project to release the Document Records discography on vinyl.

The Independent shares a "blagger's guide" to literary prizes.

The Guardian recommends six Scandinavian pop acts.

Nihad Sirees talks to Weekend Edition about his new novel The Silence and the Roar.

Anonymous Choir (featuring Dark Dark Dark's Nona Marie) visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The New Republic examines the future of libraries in an increasingly digital age.

Amazon MP3 offers a free 12-track sampler album of March artists on the rise.

Weekend Edition interviews actress and singer Rita Moreno about her new self-titled memoir.

On why she wrote her memoir and what she learned in writing it

"Somebody said it the other day, and I think it's so on the money — they said '[Your memoir is] really not so much a career book as it is a book of your life, with a career around it.' And I think that's absolutely true. I felt I had a lot of important things to say about the film industry at the time, about how women were treated at the time, how my marriage became quite unhappy after about 10, 12 years and I stuck it out for 46.

NPR Music is streaming a recent live concert by Josh Ritter.

Flavorwire shares rare film footage of famous 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)

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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