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April 3, 2013

Shorties (Alec Baldwin Interviews Thom Yorke, Elizabeth Strout Discusses Her New Novel, and more)

At WNYC, Alec Baldwin interviewed Thom Yorke.

Elizabeth Strout talks to All Things Considered about her new novel The Burgess Boys.

PopMatters interviews Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.

The Nervous Breakdown shares an excerpt from Ronlyn Domingue's new novel The Mapmaker's War.

The Record profiles singer-songwriter Mark Lanegan.

The A.V. Club lists 27 solo albums that sent musicians scurrying back to their main bands.

The Rumpus interviews author Adrian Van Young about his debut short story collection, The Man Who Noticed Everything.

The Rumpus: Can you explain the process you went through to publish your collection?

Adrian Van Young: Well, the process seemed very roundabout to me, the author, though in truth it was probably very straightforward. Much of what currently makes up the collection was part of my MFA thesis at Columbia, a collection of short stories—and an erstwhile novella—of the same name, and I had been in the process of simultaneously revising and "pitching" said collection to a number of literary agents when I entered the contest at Black Lawrence (the St. Lawrence Book Award) that landed me a contract there. Honestly, though, I had very little luck with getting literary agents interested in the project. So I revised, writing many of the stories from the ground-up several times, until I had them in more or less a working order, and began to concentrate, then, on unifying them as a collection. Aesthetically, thematically. Don't get me wrong, though—I was thrilled to get picked up by Black Lawrence Press. They are a committed, eclectic, and all-around first-rate press, and have been great in terms of giving me creative control over my work, and letting me market it how I want to market it, and in my own time.

Flavorwire lists April albums you need to hear.

The Millions interviews author Tanis Rideout.

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

With baseball season starting: my 2004 list of favorite baseball books.

The Liminal recounts the early days of Neil Young's music career.

NPR Books shares an excerpt from Gilbert Hernandez's new graphic novel Julio's Day.

Aquarium Drunkard shares a 1977 Richard and Linda Thompson concert.

Out of Print, a documentary narrated by Meryl Streep about the past, present and future of publishing, premieres at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

Dawes is streaming its new album Stories Don't End (out April 9th) at Amazon.

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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