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April 28, 2013

Shorties (Novelists' Second Favorite Art Forms, George Jones Playlists, and more)

At the Guardian, six novelists (including Kazuo Ishiguro and Colm Toibin) discuss their second favorite artform.

The Oxford American remembers George Jones with a selection of the country legend's songs.

SPIN lists his 15 greatest songs.

The Guardian lists the top 10 books about cities.

Talib Kweli talks old school hip-hop with All Things Considered.

North Coast Gardening lists gardening book lists.

SPIN chronicles the last days of Bleecker Bob's Golden Oldies Record Shop, a New York City icon.

NPR Books recommends four recently published poetry collections.

The National played two new songs recently on Fallon.

Spinner interviews members of the band and the filmmakers behind the documentary Mistaken for Strangers.

Poet Dilruba Ahmed talks to Weekend Edition about her new collection, Dhaka Dust.

The Chapin Sisters talk to Weekend Edition about their new Everly Brothers covers album.

All Things Considered interviews Edward Achorn about his new book The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game.

On rowdy fans

"Fans would drink heavily. They would scream at the umpires. They would go out onto the field after games if they were upset, and try to attack him. I mean, 'Kill the umpire,' was not just a saying ... Baseball was this highly cathartic thing and people could go to the games and let out their emotions that were so repressed in America's Victorian society."

Free Energy visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Win George Jones' autobiography 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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