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February 26, 2012

Shorties (St. Vincent's Musical Inspirations, The Best Slacker Novels, and more)

St. Vincent's Annie Clark shares her musical inspirations with the Guardian.

At Flavorwire, Adam Wilson lists the 10 best slacker novels.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the new wave of British heavy metal.

The Hindu interviews author Teju Cole.

You are into several modes of expression. Do you see yourself primarily as a writer after Open City?

When I was writing the book I got into this mental space where I thought this is what I do: I am a writer. After the book came out I felt clear to say that I am a writer and a photographer. On many days my primary artistic struggle is in fact photography because it is harder to do good work with that. I see myself as an observer of the world who has a strong drive to testify, which I can do because I have the privilege of living in New York with enough food to eat and shelter.

At the Observer, four former NME editors choose the covers that defined their eras at the helm of the music magazine.

The A.V.Club explains why nit is still important for bands to do well on Saturday Night Live.

HTMLGIANT interviews author Patrick DeWitt.

China Daily profiles bands headed to the SXSW music festival.

Alexander Masters talks to Weekend Edition about his new book Simon: The Genius in My Basement.

Lauren Winner talks to All Things Considered about her new book Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis.

RIP, publisher Barney Rossett.

All Things Considered interviews Nathan Hotchkiss of the Cranberries about the band's reunion.

Clarksville Online remembers author William Gay.

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

Follow me on Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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