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February 13, 2012

Shorties (The Twilight Sad, Favorite Love Poems, and more)

Drowned in Sound interviews The Twilight Sad's frontman James Graham.

Chromewaves featured the band's cover of The Smiths' "Half a Person."

At the Guardian, writers choose their favorite love poems.

Flavorwire lists 10 of the greatest kisses in literature.

American Songwriter interviews singer-songwriter Adam Arcuragi.

Who inspired you to start writing?

I've always been a writer of some sort or another. Everyone I admire inspired me to start writing. I've always had a very real reverence for all who've come before. If the innate desire to create is just there I guess the desire to foster it is shaped by the stuff that gets you excited. Earliest that I can remember was probably Michael Ende or Roald Dahl. I loved them when I was a kid. I guess Whitman too. I really took a shine to poetry early on.

Time Out Chicago profiles the city's newest journalistic and literary magazine, The Chicagoan.

Next week marks the public launch of The Chicagoan, a sumptuous 194-page magazine that carries a dazzling array of articles, artwork and photographs, zero advertising and a cover price of $19.95. A line beneath the nameplate describes its mission as nothing less than "documenting the arts, culture, innovators and history of Chicago and the Greater Midwest."

The Next Web recommends 10 new ways to discover, share, and listen to music online.

The Other People podcast interviews author Ben Marcus.

NPR is streaming Grimes' new album, Visions (out February 21st).

McSweeney's offers an excerpt from Adam Levin's new story collection, Hot Pink.

NPR is streaming Lambchop's new album, Mr. M (out February 21st).

The Paris Review excerpts from Sarah Manguso's brilliant new memoir The Guardians.

NPR is streaming Sinead O'Connor's new album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?.

BOMBLOG interviews Emma Straub on writing.

ET It’s just, your stories impart a certain stoicism about the way all people in all situations are bound to behave, but at the same time there’s a very generous attention to detail. For instance, the particular richness of a particular Italian leather bag, which you describe to perfection in “Puttanesca.”

ES One of the things I like about short stories is that you can place such huge importance on tiny objects and moments. If they’re there, taking up space in a genre where space is precious, they have to mean more than their face value. And that meaning has to grow as the story progresses.

Weekend Edition interviews singer-songwriter Simon Joyner.

"I had originally intended to write stories and books, and I just kind of got sidetracked writing songs," he says. "I'm not interested in touring six months out of the year — I prefer the way I've been doing it along, which is to sell enough records to be able to do the next record. That's all that's really mattered to me."

Flavorwire lists William S. Burroughs references in pop culture.

The Wall Street Journal explains the science of songs that make you cry.

Jonathan Lethem's 33 1/3 book on Talking Heads' Fear of Music album will be published April 26th.

Stream the new Burial EP, Kindred.

Melville House gathers gathers responses to Penguin's termination of e-book sales to libraries.

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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