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February 14, 2012

Shorties (Stream the New Sleigh Bells Album, Etgar Keret, and more)

The New York Times is streaming the new Sleigh Bells album, Reign of Terror (out February 21st).

Heeb interviews author Etgar Keret.

Has working in film changed your writing at all?

Well, there is a big difference between writing a story and writing a screenplay because, first of all, all the screenplays I've written in my life, I’ve written with another person. But more than that, when you're writing a screenplay you're not making a work of art, you're just kind of making a recipe that if somebody will follow it, he will create a work of art. You have to be aware and conscious and able to explain, because there will be a guy who asks you what's going on—the director, an actor—and you have to be able to explain to him. When you write a story you don't need to do that, and I never do that.

The A.V. Club is streaming Damien Jurado's new album Maraqopa (out February 21st).

The Guardian interviews author david Lodge about his writing process.

Gibson lists 10 brilliantly eccentric musicians.

Rolling Stone is streaming the new Cursive album, I Am Gemini (out February 21st).

BBC News recounts Charles Dickens' 1842 visit to the United States.

The Millions lists vile women in fiction.

Blog on the Tracks shares a playlist of songs often mistakenly thought to be about love.

At Book Club Girl, author and comedian Sara Benincasa lists 5 reasons books make the best Valentines.

The L Magazine lists eight band reunions that produced decent new albums.

Flavorwire lists books that will change the way you think about love.

Name of a dog at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, or a phrase from Allen Ginsberg’s Howl? (via)

Powell's Books interviews Josh Bazell about his new novel, Wild Thing.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Fionn Regan.

Boing Boing excerpts from Courtney Taylor-Taylor's graphic novel One Model Nation. Read the Dandy Warhols frontman's Book Notes music playlist essay for the book.

Flavorwire shares a literary mixtape for Romeo and Juliet.

Tablet wonders if Michael Chabon's possible future success as a screenwriter will ruin his fiction.

On sale for $3.99 today at Amazon MP3: Tennis's new album Young & Old.

Sally Denton talks to All Things Considered about her new book, The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right.

The Record explains how social media saved the Grammys.

Tansy Rayner Roberts recommends graphic novels for people who hate superheroes.

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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