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July 24, 2013

Shorties (Harper Lee's Copyright Battle, The History of Hoboken's Maxwell's, and more)

Vanity Fair explores Harper Lee's fight to regain the copyright to her novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

At the New Yorker, Ben Greenman shares highlights from the history of Hoboken's legendary music club, Maxwell's.

Vulture shares an oral history of the venue.

Author Richard Melo interviews himself at The Nervous Breakdown.

Former Harvey Danger frontman Sean Nelson talks songwriting with PopMatters.

Book Riot recommends the year's best YA fiction (so far).

Junot Diaz annotated a footnote from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao at PoetryGenius.

PopMatters lists 20 essential Mountain Goats songs.

Paste reviews the remastered and expanded edition of the band's All Hail West Texas album.

Los Angeles indie bookseller Eso Won Books recommends three books for summer reading at Colorlines.

The 90s Button offers a continuous stream of pop music videos from the 1990s.

Fresh Air interviews David Gilbert about his novel & Sons.

On initially being drawn to stories about down-and-out characters

"The short stories I wrote in college and the early ones in my M.F.A. program were all about ... people who were more on the fringe and kind of living desperate lives. [I] was also a big Raymond Carver fan. Denis Johnson was a huge influence on all of us in M.F.A. programs everywhere in the early '90s. So we're all trying to ... ape that world, and that seemed so much more legitimate than my upbringing. So it took me a while to see that their story is everywhere, no matter ... where you were raised, that we're all basically living ... the same tale, and I just took fathers and sons as that tale."

The A.V. Club lists 14 songs that weren't singles that show that the eagles were a better band than you think.

All Things Considered interviews singer-songwriter Guy Clark.

Mike McGinnis has won Black Balloon Publishing's 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize with his novel Fat Man and Little Boy.

Win Piper Kerman's memoir Orange Is the New Black and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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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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