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March 8, 2013

Shorties (Mike Piazza's New Memoir, The Musical Career of Divine, and more)

Fresh Air interviews former major league catcher Mike Piazza about his new memoir Long Shot.

"New York, I've said many times, it's twice as good when you're winning and twice as bad when you're losing. ... A lot of players never could do it. I mean, they just couldn't deal with the media, maybe the off-field attractions, maybe just the pressure there. Some guys were happier being in some of the smaller cities."


Flavorwire examines the musical career of Divine, the actor best known for his work in John Waters films.


Owen Pallet talks to the Globe and Mail about bringing his Violin Concerto to the stage.


Flavorwire lists 10 "great American novel" contenders from the past decade.


Soundcheck interviews the recording engineer of Molly Drake, an album of songs written and performed by Nick Drake's mother.


All Things Considered remembers folk legend Stompin' Tom Connors.


Flavorwire shares photos of authors playing with their bands.


Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics discusses the band's back catalog album-by-album with Drowned in Sound.

The longlist for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award has been named.


Tegan and Sara visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


Win the new book Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.


Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
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Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 free and legal mp3s.


Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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