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June 1, 2013

Shorties (The New York Times Profiles Jason Isbell, An Excerpt from Amy Tan's New Book, and more)

The New York Times profiles singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.

Isbell is a slow, careful writer. He worries the little things. "What keeps me up at night is stuff like the consistency of pronouns," he says. He's a grammarian. "My dad, as much as I love him, has one of those signs — 'The Isbell's' — on his front door, and he's got the damn apostrophe in there. I haven't strangled him yet.”


Time shares an excerpt from Amy Tan's new novel, The Valley of Amazement.


Artists on the Arts and Crafts discuss the record label's 10 years with the Toronto Star.


Saturday Nation lists Kenya's finest writers.


The Washington City Paper interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

WCP: How did the upcoming re-issue of All Hail West Texas come about?

JD: People kept asking! [The band’s old record label] Emperor Jones hasn't made records in a while, and it's never been on vinyl, and I had the original reels that the tapes were transferred from in a closet—it just felt like, this should be in print, you see copies of it starting to fetch collector prices and you think that's kinda dumb, it's just a record, put it back in print so copies are available to people who want 'em. Plus, we've been on Merge for a while now, so it made sense to get something that wasn't in print any more on the same label we're on now, every time we play "[The Best Ever Death Metal Band In] Denton" people want to buy the record that one's on and we haven't had copies of it for years.


Mashable recommends 22 books for your summer reading.


UnderNYC lists the top 10 newly discovered EDM artists of 2013.


With the film adaptation of Judy Blume's Tiger Eyes hitting theaters in June, Word and Film casts movies for some of her other books.


Flavorwire previews June's new music releases.


Biographile calls for a definitive biography of writer Oscar Wilde.


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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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