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June 20, 2013

Shorties (Kids Interview Bands, The Millions Interviews Colum McCann, and more)

Two sixth graders interview musicians at Kids Interview Bands.

The Millions interviews Colum McCann about his new novel, TransAtlantic.

Bookworm interviews Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her novel Americanah.

Forbes examines how Queens of the Stone Age hit #1 with their album…Like Clockwork, released on an indie label.

The Paris Review interviews poet Ange Mlinko.

And you recently quoted T. S. Eliot in saying that a poem should be comprehended before it's understood. What are some poems that, for you, exemplify this separation between comprehension and understanding?

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam." "My Last Duchess." "Whitsun Weddings." "The Snowman." "Kublai Khan." "To Brooklyn Bridge." Country songs on the radio. Folk songs. Hymns. The Bible. Almost anything great that has survived the test of time has a riddle in it, a long arc between comprehension and understanding. Like our entire existence!

In honor of the band's 50th anniversary, the Rolling Stones have released remastered versions of their back catalog on iTunes.

Flavorwire lists the 50 books everyone should read from the past 50 years.

The Asheville Citizen-Times profiles former Drive-By Truckers bassist Shonna Tucker.

The Barnes and Noble Book Blog lists the seven best graphic novel adaptations of classic literature.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into post-rock music.

The Guardian recommends the best books on Egypt.

For the first time in its 43-year career, Black Sabbath has the #1 album on the Billboard chart.

Roxana Robinson recommends five books about war at the Center for Fiction.

Pitchfork is streaming Lightning Dust's new album Fantasy (out June 25th).

Biographile shares a list of books for summer reading inspired by the Moth storytelling series.

Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein recall NYC's music scene of the 70s and 80s.

The National Post interviews author Alice Munro.

Win Hilary Mantel's novels Bring Up the Bodies and Wolf Hall and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
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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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