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February 15, 2012

Shorties (Marc Maron's Favorite Songs, Edward St. Aubyn, and more)

Comedian Marc Maron lists several of his current favorite songs at Pop & Hiss.

The Leonard Lopate Show interviews Edward St. Aubyn about his new novel, At Last.

Bookworm interviews Ayad Akhtar about his debut novel, American Dervish.

At Pop & Hiss, Islands frontman Nick Thornburn shares a playlist of songs ruined by love.

The Book Bench interviews author Cheryl Strayed, revealed las night as The Rumpus's sex advice columnist, Sugar.

How did your job as Sugar begin?

On a lark. My friend Steve Almond had been writing the column and he no longer wanted to do it, so he e-mailed me and asked if I'd like to take it over. It just so happened that I was in the midst of this tiny lull in my writing life—only days before, I’d sent the first draft of my memoir "Wild" to my editor in New York, and I was waiting for her notes. So when Steve asked I thought, "Why not?" I said yes within about thirty seconds of receiving his e-mail and then about thirty seconds later I thought of all the reasons I really should’ve said no. It paid nothing, I was busy enough writing and mothering my two young children, I didn’t have any expertise when it came to advice-giving. But I decided to give it a try anyway. Sugar always tells people to trust their gut, so you could say from the very beginning, I was taking my own advice. I'm glad I did.

Singer-songwriter Rosie Thomas shares her battle with thyroid-induced anxiety at Spinner.

The Montreal Gazette profiles cartoonist Matthew Forsythe, whose new graphic novel Jinchalo has just been published.

Both books pay homage to Korean comics - the pages are without panels, the stories are steeped in Korean folk tales and, save for a few bursts of Korean onomatopoeia, the books are basically wordless.

PopMatters interviews Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiburg about the band's new album, Animal Joy.

Geeks of Doom lists comics' finest love stories.

NPR Music has released an iPad app featuring streaming audio and video.

The Millions explores literary magazines and their renumeration policies.

The economy of literary magazines appears to be a closed system. Money is tight, payment is low, and subscriptions and institutional support appear to be the final hope for sustenance. Does it have to be that way?

On sale for $3.99 today at Amazon MP3: OK Go's 180/365 live album.

Fresh Air interviews Tim Weiner about his new book, Enemies: A History of the FBI.

At Deceptive Cadence, pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays her composition The Cohen Variations, a new piece based on Leonard Cohen's song "Suzanne."

Win Tupelo Hassman's debut novel Girlchild and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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