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April 2, 2013

Shorties (An Excerpt from Maya Angelou's New Book, TED's List of 100 Websites You Should Know and Use, and more)

The Guardian excerpts from Maya Angelou's new book Mom & Me & Mom.

The TED blog has updated its list of the 100 websites you should know and use (and includes Largehearted Boy).

The judges for the 2013 National Book Awards have been announced.

PopMatters shares an excerpt from the new book The Stone Roses: War and Peace by Simon Spence.

Rachel Kushner talks to Weekend Edition about her new novel, The Flame Throwers.

On what inspired her to write about art in New York and radicalism in Italy

"I always knew that I wanted to write a novel about the New York art world in the 1970s. It has a sort of mythical hold over me, perhaps from my own childhood because my aunt DeeDee Halleck is an artist in New York and I would go to visit. And I lived in New York for a summer in 1980 with my best friend and her mother, who worked for Donald Judd. And I thought it would be interesting to try to recapture that time. I had just fallen naturally into an interest in Italy also in the 1970s, the same year that I was focusing on New York 1977."

Singer-songwriter Erin McKeown is guest-blogging this week about music and sports at WNYC's Soundcheck.

All Songs Considered recommends local concert calendar apps.

Flavorwire lists 10 must-read April books.

Neko Case talks to Morning Edition about recording her forthcoming album, tentatively titled The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight. The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.

Paul Muldoon talks to the Guardian about his new poetry collection, Word on the Street, which collects his music lyrics.

"You never really know how people are going to respond to something like this," he says. "The tradition of reading lyrics on a page is a little bit iffy. Some of us of a certain age will remember lyrics on album sleeves, which is now not such a feature as it used to be. But in a sense they educated us in how to read them. One took them somewhat seriously, but maybe not completely seriously. I'm a bit conflicted myself." He says there have already been a couple of American reviews saying the book is "not quite up to par. You can see how people might be slightly disconcerted – these things are not quite poems, and yet they are sort of like poems."

Wavves visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Credits notes literature's (and authors') increasing involvement in film and television.

Martin Gore talks to the Irish Times about the new Depeche Mode album, Delta Machine.

Stream the new Pyramids album, Brightest Darkest Day (out April 9th).

Fresh Air interviews Mary Roach about her new book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.

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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