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May 2, 2013

Shorties (Flannery O'Connor Reads "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," Stream the New Melvins Covers Album, and more)

Flannery O'Connor reads her short story "A Good Man Is Hard To Find."

SPIN is streaming the Melvins' new covers album, complete with track-by-track commentary from the band's frontman.

Flavorwire recommends 10 must-read books for May.

CNN lists the best indie bookstores in the United States and Canada.

Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys talks to the Guardian about writing the music for a musical about publisher Giangiacomo Fetrinelli.

"Even in his own country, he name of Feltrinelli is mostly associated with bookstores, or leftwing extremism from a period in Italian history that people would rather forget," says Rhys. "But we looked through the family archives in Milan and there he is with Che Guevara, with Warhol, with Hemingway. He had this uncanny ability to keep cropping up at critical moments in 20th-century history – like a communist Forrest Gump."

Bookworm interviews Rachel Kushner about her new novel, The Flamethrowers.

All Songs Considered interviews members of Vampire Weekend about the band's new album Modern Vampires of the City.

The New Yorker examines why The Great Gatsby endures.

PopMatters considers film adaptations of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel.

Psych garage rockers Palma Violets visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Monkey See previews Free Comic Book Day.

Basia Bulat covers Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days."

Benjamin Percy, author of the new novel Red Moon, recommends wolf novels at Flavorwire.

Boy George covers the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog."

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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