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July 27, 2013

Shorties (Bruce Springsteen Albums Ranked from Worst to Best, Italo Calvino's Best Books, and more)

Stereogum ranks Bruce Springsteen albums from worst to best.

Publishers Weekly lists the 10 best books written by Italo Calvino.

Stephen King shares his favorite first sentences in literature at The Atlantic.

Spin recommends 10 forthcoming albums you can stream in full now.

The Rumpus interviews author Roy Kesey.

Flavorwire reconsiders Madonna's self-titled album on its 30th anniversary.

HTMLGIANT interviews master short story writer Lindsay Hunter.

Stereogum reassesses Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream album 20 years after its initial release.

The Rumpus interviews Matthew Specktor about his novel American Dream Machine.

Chicago Pride interviews Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara.

The documentary Low Movie (How to Quit Smoking) profiles the Minnesota band Low, and premieres on July 29th.

The Telegraph rounds up food quotes from literature.

Aquarium Drunkard shares a 1976 Richard Hell and the Voivoids CBGB show.

Elle profiles author Marisha Pessl.

NPR Music is streaming live video from this weekend's Newport Folk Festival.

Spin lists the 10 "most David Foster Wallace-ian quotes" in the new edition of his book Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present.

R.I.P. singer-songwriter J.J. Cale.

NPR Books interviews Marcus Sakey about his new novel, Brilliance.

Trent Reznor talks to the New York Times about the return of Nine Inch Nails.

Flavorwire lists 11 literary authors who gave acting a try.

Dangerous Minds shares the un-aired 1965 pilot for the television show The Monkees.

Authors Kevin Brockmeier and Kevin Hendricks discuss craft and growing up in the South at FSG Work in Progress.

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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)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
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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