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July 14, 2013

Shorties (The "Lazarus Miracle" of John Williams' Novel Stoner, The Craziest Musician Acting Cameos, and more)

The Telegraph notes the critical and popular resurgence of John Williams' 1965 novel Stoner, and recommends five other classic but forgotten novels that deserve similar treatment.


Rolling Stone lists the craziest musician acting cameos, including Tom Jones in Mars Attacks and the Flaming Lips on 90210.


The Penguin Street Art series offers 10 modern classics with covers designed by street artists.


The Rumpus interviews Jon Ehrens and Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner about their new band, Dungeonesse.


Writers and critics share summer reading suggestions with the Observer.


British singer-songwriter Frank Turner plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.


Weekend Edition interviews James Astill about his new book The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption, and the Spectacular Rise of Modern India.

On just how popular cricket is in India

"When the IPL, the Indian Premier League, India's most popular domestic cricket tournament — it's worth several billion dollars, it's estimated — when that tournament runs for seven weeks in April and May each year, Bollywood stops releasing movies, because Indians just don't go to the cinema. They stay at home and they watch cricket on television.

read an excerpt from the book


Alt.Latino profiles Os Mutantes lead singer Sergio Dias.


The Sydney Morning Herald reports that one Australian bookseller has banned Alissa Nutting's novel Tampa.

Ms Baxter said she had decided not to stock the book, which the author has described as a contemporary version of Lolita - a novel that can be bought at her bookshop.

"Sometimes I take what I define as the moral high ground," she said. "I just felt I'm in an environment where I couldn't personally promote this. It's such a complex issue and, right now, I'm surrounded by many churches and I see in the community the enormous stress of this ongoing problem of child abuse.'"


Weekend Edition interviews Swedish singer-songwriter Anna von Hausswolff.


The Telegraph reports that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling published a crime novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


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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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