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May 12, 2013

Shorties (James Salter Profiled, A Hip-Hop Tour of Brooklyn, and more)

The Observer profiles author James salter.

Who is James Salter? It may be that you have never heard of him. Salter is not famous the way Philip Roth and John Updike are famous, nor half so prolific; his reputation rests on just two collections of short stories, five (now six) novels and a memoir, Burning the Days. But he is, nevertheless, the kind of American writer who is sometimes called great: a stylist, a purist, a guy who really socks it to you, however elegantly. His books, which are about valour and women and the sadness that doggedly inhabits the everyday, are strangely timeless – they skirt politics, and even brand names, as if such things are a little dirty – and yet they seem also to belong to another age; something in them brings to mind Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, even Graham Greene, beside whose papers Salter's own notebooks lie at the Harry Ransom Centre at the University of Texas.

The New York Times shares a hip-hop tour of Brooklyn.

The Observer profiles 12-year-old comics sensation Zoom Rockman.

Zoom Rockman is a 12-year-old prodigy who writes, illustrates and biannually publishes his own internationally acclaimed comic, The Zoom! It's a snappy, satirical critique of urban life – the new issue tackles the horsemeat scandal – with characters like Skanky Pigeon and celebrity cameos such as Boris Johnson. It's genuinely hilarious.

BBC News reports that New College Nottingham is offering a two year degree in heavy metal.

The Guardian profiles composer Van Dyke Parks.

The Guardian lists the top 10 books on Burma.

The Telegraph features an exclusive stream of "Blackbird" from Paul McCartney and Wings' remastered album Wings Over America (out May 28th).

All Things Considered interviews Neal Thompson about his new book A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley.

Members of the National talk to the Guardian about their forthcoming album, Trouble Will Find Me (out May 21st).

Weekend Edition talks to Anchee Min about her new memoir The Cooked Seed.

Minneapolis band Crimes visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

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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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