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November 6, 2011

Shorties (Mark E Smith of The Fall, Philip Levine, and more)

Financial Times profiles Mark E Smith of the Fall.

The New York Times interviews poet Philip Levine.

Amiri Baraka lost the title of New Jersey's poet laureate after publishing a poem in which he suggested that Israel was complicit in 9/11. Considering you once described yourself as a "dirty Detroit Jew with bad manners," what scenario could you imagine that would prematurely end your own term?

I'm 83 years old. I don't think there's any intern with the patience to be seduced by me. I guess I would talk about the sliminess of certain people in political office and then that would be relayed to Fox News and then our dear Republican right would get very upset. It would be easy enough to make trouble.

Beirut frontman Zach Condon talks to the Lexington Herald-Leader about his latest album, The Rip Tide.

"I approached the recording of this album very differently," Condon said. "I used to write by basically recording track after track on Pro Tools. What I would wind up with were basically these bedroom opuses. And that was great. I love that. But I wanted this album to sound more like a professional studio ordeal without all the commercial sheen or anything like that."

Book Riot lists seven literary terms you definitely do not need to know.

The New York Times profiles Rocky Hill, "the best guitarist you never heard."

In 1979, under the headline "Lone Star Legend," Rolling Stone profiled the Houston guitarist Rocky Hill, detailing his career, which was too often derailed by stubbornness and self-sabotage. The article refers to an unreleased album that the writer guessed might trigger Mr. Hill's transition from a regional guitar hero to a national one.

The A.V. Club Chicago shares a for-part oral history of the city's metal scene.

The Scotsman interviews author Stephen King.

Weekend Edition interviews singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding (aka author Wesley Stace).

"I think that novel-writing is kind of taking care of a lot of the fictional impulses that I have. Now, when I think of an idea for a song, I often think, 'Oh, no — that's a terrible idea for a song. But it's a great idea to put into a novel,' " Harding says. "Suddenly, I find myself writing rather more personal material — which, of course, is what a lot of people do use music for. I'd just never really used it in that way."

Isabel Greenberg has won this year's Observer/ Jonathan Cape/Comica graphic short story prize.

Amazon MP3 has 100 holiday albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Online "Best Books of 2011" Online Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
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Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
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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