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April 12, 2013

Shorties (Haruki Murakami's New Novel on Sale, 2013's Top Metal Albums (So Far), and more)

Haruki Murakami's new novel was released today in Japan.

PopMatters lists 10 of 2013's top metal albums (so far).

Going to Somewhere is a Google Maps mashup of the Mountain Goats "Going to..." songs and the places in their titles, with sample lyrics.

Fresh Air interviews Laurie Edwards about her new book In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America.

Noisey shares a collection of songs that have strong opinions about Margaret Thatcher.

The Daily Beast interviews Maya Angelou about her writing habits.

You have said that nothing frightens you as much as writing, but nothing satisfies you as much either. What frightens you about it?

Will I write a sentence that will just float off the page? Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it's right, it's easy. It’s the other way round, too. If it's slovenly written, then it's hard to read. It doesn't give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader.

The Vermont Cynic interviews Dirty Projector frontman David Longstreth.

Alt. Latino recommends five songs about immigration.

Yoko Ono's first book of poetry in 50 years will be published by OR Books.

The Atlantic recommends 10 songs about racism.

Interview interviews Matthew Specktor about his new novel American Dream Machine.

Flavorwire lists famous authors' favorite musicians.

Tin House interviews Matt Bell about his new novel In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and Woods.

Win Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild, Elissa Schapell's short story collection Blueprints for Building Better Girls, 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.
Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 free and legal mp3s.

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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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