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May 31, 2013

Shorties (Summer Songs Ranked by Sadness Quotient, A Literary Companion to George Plimpton's Life, and more)

Paste ranks summer songs by their sadness quotient.

Biographile shares a literary companion to the life of author and editor George Plimpton.

PopMatters previews June's music releases.

NPR Books recommends six memoirs.

Flavorwire recommends 10 musicians you should be following on Tumblr.

BookVibe recommends books mentioned by the people you follow on Twitter (and soon, Facebook).

Consequence of Sound reports that Elvis Costello is recording an album with The Roots.

Author Jennifer Weiner defends likable characters at Slate.

Rolling Stone reports that the Velvet Underground has settled its dispute over Andy Warhol's image on the band's 1967 album, The Velvet Underground and Nico.

Tablet examines the "television series as good as novels" debate.

The Phrase has many variations, but it’s always a version of this: “TV is so good now that it’s just as great as our great novels. Maybe even better!” The more discerning bother making specific cases—suggesting, for example, that David Simon is our modern-day Dickens or that Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad, would’ve felt completely at home had he stumbled into a party at Turgenev’s and was seated right next to his apparent equal, Dostoyevsky.

BuzzFeed interviews punk pioneer Richard Hell.

Flavorwire examines critical responses to Rachel Kushner's novel The Flamethrowers.

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.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 2,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,300 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 55,000 free and legal mp3s.

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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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