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July 19, 2013

Shorties (Modern Writers on Classic Poets, The Best Indie Rock Power Ballads, and more)

92Y's 75 at 75 Project features modern writers commenting on an archival recording of a poet reading his work. Recommeded: A.L. Kennedy on e.e. cummings.

Drowned in Sound lists the top 10 indie rock power ballads.

Stereogum lists the best Townes Van Zandt songs.

PopMatters excerpts from Mark Kurlansky's new book Ready For a Brand New Beat: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America.

The A.V. Club examines the role death plays in superhero comics.

Guardian Music Blog readers recommend songs about cricket.

Flavorwire recommends books about pop music, politics, and revolution.

Morning Edition explores the musical legacy of Tupac Shakur.

Pacific Standard ponders the future of cultural criticism.

Crazy Internet People shares an episode-by-episode, song-by-song guide to the music played in The Gilmore Girls.

World Literature Today has started a new series, Soundtracking, which shares a music playlist that evokes the spirit of the book. First up: Julian Barnes' novel The Sense of an Ending.

At The Poetry Foundation, Casey N. Cep explores poets' fascination with shipwrecks.

American Songwriter is streaming Filligar's new album, Hexagon.

Win Chuck Klosterman's new book and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest a 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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