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June 14, 2013

Shorties (Stereotyping You By Your Favorite Music Festival, Chicago's American Writers Museum, and more)

Flavorwire stereotypes you by your favorite music festival.

The Wall Street Journal talks to proponents of Chicago's proposed American Writers Museum.

The Denver Post profiles the band Parquet Courts.

The New York-by-way-of-Texas quartet deals in talky, jokey, sonically compelling songs that never devolve into parody. Like some punked-up mix of Jonathan Richman and Pavement, it's goofy dude music that actually rocks.

Irish Voice profiles author Colum McCann.

Canada's Polaris Music Prize has named the albums longlisted for the 2013 prize.

Fresh Air interviews Carl Hiassen about his new novel, Bad Monkey.

Guardian Music Blog readers recommend songs about funerals.

The A.V. Club interviews author Judy Blume.

All Songs Considered offers advice to summer music festival attendees.

Flavorwire shares street art-inspired book covers.

Billboard has launched its annual "songs of the summer" chart.

Interview Magazine interviews playwright, poet, and musician Young Jean Lee.

VISCO: How long have you been singing?

LEE: I sang when I was younger in choirs, but I was never really a "singer." I had to take voice lessons for a year to prepare for this show. That's sort of the point of the show: I'm not a glamorous Liza Minnelli type... The idea that I was standing up there—that I wasn't a performer and I wasn't a singer—was what made the show work... The whole point of the show is this thought that I was "special," and should be exempt from all these horrible things. And then the realization that I wasn't was really helpful. The main phrase that came to me was: "Who do you think you are? Who do you think you are to be immune to tragedy? What makes you so special that you should go unscathed?" That was a huge turning point for me. It's that anger that an injustice was done to you that really kills you. That rage can really eat you. It's not an injustice; that's what the world is.

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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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