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March 15, 2011

Shorties (Stream the New Strokes Album, Jennifer Egan on Patti Smith, and more)

The Strokes are streaming their new album, Angles (out March 22nd), on their website.

Author Jennifer Egan shares her love for the music of Patti Smith in the Observer.

On sale for $2.99 at Amazon MP3: The Dodo's new album No Color>.

The New York Times profiles Tea Obreht, whose novel The Tiger's Wife is one of the most striking debuts I have read in years.

Jack White talks upholstery with All Songs Considered.

Bob Boilen: Tell me if this is a true story, now, because I've carried this around in my head and it makes me smile — and this may explain your attraction to craftspeople, as well: You were a craftsperson. You did furniture, you did upholstery. Your furniture place was — what? Was it Third Man...?

White: Third Man Upholstery.

Boilen: Its slogan was?

White: "Your furniture's not dead."

Boilen: And Third Man Records' slogan is?

White: "Your turntable's not dead." I don't know what I'll do if I open up a funeral home.

The New Statesman wonders if classic literature will ever be adapted into a good video game.

Show and Tell profiles author Jasper Fforde.

"I like reaching into peoples' heads and mining stories they already know," says Fforde, "then I alter those memories -- twist them twenty degrees to put them in a whole new perspective." The result is a brand of literary humor that is alternately dry and absurd. Playing with the "froth and bubble of seriousness" is where he likes to spend his writing time, and his world is filled with puns and allusions. Fforde's "Ffans" love every nuance.

The Millions excerpts the first lines form David Foster Wallace's posthumous novel, The Pale King.

Aquarium Drunkard shares David Bowie's Cracked Actor BBC documentary.

Jacket Copy lists nine books that examine earthquakes through literature.

The Guardian has started its extensive coverage of SXSW Music 2011.

A graphic of the consensus books everyone should read.

Sound of the City interviews Amy Klein of Titus Andronicus about her many side projects.

NPR lists three wilderness tales to awaken your natural spirit.

Amazon MP3 has a new selection of 100 digital albums on sale for $5 this month.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists