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February 18, 2012

Shorties (The 10 Best Music Television Shows, Helen Simpson, and more)

TIME lists the top 10 music television shows of all time.

Fresh Air reviews and excerpts from Helen Simpson's new short story collection, In-Flight Entertainment.

Nathan Englander talks to the Toronto Star about his new short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.

At the Guardian, author Teju Cole shares his admiration for the fiction of Michael Ondaatje.

When you are starting out, each great writer gives you specific forms of permission. Michael Ondaatje's work taught me how to be at home in fragments, and how to think about a big story in carefully curated vignettes. All his books were odd, all of them "unfinished" the way Chopin's Etudes are unfinished: no wasted gestures, no unnecessary notes.

eMusic interviews singer-songwriter Rosie Thomas about her new album, With Love.

Book Stalker interviews author Jami Attenberg about her literary reading experiences.

Heartless Bastards visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Emma Straub's short story collection, Other People We Married.

With these dozen stories, Straub has taken our collective scream, our outrage at the imperfectability of love, of who we are, and tempered it, turned it and made it something else: art.

All Things Considered interviews Ron Sexsmith and Conor Oberst about covering Leonard Cohen.

"He's always very conversational, too," Sexsmith says. "Obviously, he's a poet, but you never get the condescending thing or the high-brow feeling. It's very simple language. The words he uses — they penetrate because they're very simple, and you never have to scratch your head and wonder what he's singing about."

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

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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

List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
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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