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March 31, 2013

Shorties (Maya Angelou on Her New Book, Remembering Paul Williams of Crawdaddy!, and more)

Weekend Edition interviews Maya Angelou about her new book Mom & Me & Mom.

On whether she thinks about the word "legacy"

"I'm not ready to do that yet. Unless the creator's ready for me I'm not going anywhere. And instead of having 33 books or whatever they are, I might have 40."

The Record remembers Paul Williams, who founded the music magazine Crawdaddy!

Page-Turner reconsider's Thomas Pynchon's debut novel V. as the book turns 50 this year.

But to read "V." today is to experience Pynchon anew. Blast through the multilayered densities of "Gravity's Rainbow," "Mason & Dixon," and "Against the Day," and you have a young Cornell graduate, an engineer from Long Island, writing with an earnestness you might not have expected, about a world he could never recover. And though we think of Pynchon as the progenitor of postmodern irony, the novel’s central theme, as uttered by the jazz saxophonist McClintic Sphere, is one of sly but unmistakable sincerity: "Keep cool but care."

The Richmond Times-Dispatch examines the new-found popularity of banjo playing among teens.

The Hugo Award finalists have been named.

All Things Considered interviews Dave Zirin about his new book Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.

On athletes' changed attitudes toward taking political stands

"One of those changes is athletes becoming more sophisticated, with tools like social media, and going beyond a sports media that they largely do not trust, to speak to fans directly about the issues that they care about."

The band Low visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Julian Barnes talks to the Guardian about his new book, Levels of Life.

Quartz examines the corporate influences that helped The Harlem Shake go viral.

PWxyz lists lessons learned from its great American novel poll.

Win Lucy Knisley's new graphic novel memoir Relish 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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