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April 23, 2013

Shorties (The Original MTV VJs' New Book, Bob Dylan's Summer Tour with My Morning Jacket and Wilco, and more)

The original MTV VJs have written a collective memoir, VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave.

Bob Dylan announced spring and summer tour dates, which includes My Morning Jacket and Wilco for most concerts.

World Cafe examines how touring musicians can reduce their carbon footprints.

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews Andre Aciman about his latest novel Harvard Square.

HR: You started out writing poetry, and you’ve written memoir, essays, and fiction. Which style of writing, if any, suits you best?

AA: I think everything I write, whether it's a book review, an essay, a novel, or a memoir, is more or less written in the same style. I like meditation, I like introspection, I like to ruminate. I don't necessarily like to establish facts. I'm more likely to prowl around them without naming them. I think that trying to be a poet helped me to grow into a linguistic form that is not magazine-y, not journalistic, not your basic short-story genre — I don't know how to write that way. I'm coming from the humility of a failed poet who likes to write with a particular cadence as opposed to just providing information.

R.I.P. folk singer Richie Havens.

Page-Turner examines the literary significance of the Caucasus region.

The Advocate interviews former Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle.

Fresh Air interviews Brian Stelter about his new book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.

The Black Angels visit The Current Studio for an interview and live performance.

Win Philip Roth's The Great American Novel 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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