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May 27, 2013

Shorties (James Salter Reads a Short Story by Lydia Davis, Stream New Albums by Eleanor Friedberger and Camera Obscura, and more)

James Salter reads "Break It Down," a short story by Lydia Davis, at the Guardian.

NPR Music is streaming Eleanor Friedberger's new album, Personal Record.

Biographile interviews Allan Barra about his new book, Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age.

BIOG: Mantle and Mays are part of the television age, so they both seem more human than a larger-than-life giant like Babe Ruth, while also, because they are pre-multi-millionaires, seem more down-to-Earth and approachable than say Alex Rodriguez. Is that part of why they're revered?

AB: I don’t think TV has much to do with it one way or the other. In the 1950s, baseball really wasn't on TV that much except around World Series time. Tom Brady and Michael Jordan were on television all the time and I don’t think it hurts their mystique. But all ballplayers were, or seemed to be, more approachable back then because, yes, what they made was closer to what their fans made than athletes today.

NPR Music is streaming Camera Obscura's new album, Desire Lines.

The Guardian previews this summer's best books.

Pitchfork profiles The National.

In the New York Times, Christy Wampole examines the appeal of the essay.

I believe that the essay owes its longevity today mainly to this fact: the genre and its spirit provide an alternative to the dogmatic thinking that dominates much of social and political life in contemporary America. In fact, I would advocate a conscious and more reflective deployment of the essay’s spirit in all aspects of life as a resistance against the zealous closed-endedness of the rigid mind. I'll call this deployment "the essayification of everything."

NPR Music is streaming Thundercat's new album, Apocalypse.

Win the first book in Anthony Bourdain's new food imprint, The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue, 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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