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November 25, 2012

Shorties (Dorothy Allison on Her Books Being Banned, Bobby Womack's Formative Songs, and more)

Dorothy Allison talks to the Chicago Tribune about her celebrated novel Bastard out of Carolina and having her work banned.

"Some of my favorite writers have been banned, and for generally the same reasons. For being too dangerous, too provocative, too explicit, writing about violence, writing about sexuality. But writing is supposed to be dangerous. My assumption when I began writing was that you were never going to make any money. And you were never going to reach everyone. Therefore you had to do as much as you could in the service of something you genuinely believed in. And if you do that and people get upset, well, there you go."

Bobby Womack shares the songs that have influenced his life and music with the Guardian.

Flavorwire lists 10 of the most gloriously frustrating endings in literature.

The Guardian profiles singer-songwriter Scott Walker.

Weekend Edition interviews singer-songwriter Paloma Faith.

Paste recommends 10 New York bands you should be listening to.

Weekend Edition interviews Todd Andrlik about his new book, Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News.

Breaking More Waves lists musical artists to watch in 2013.

All Things Considered interviews Joe Mozingo about his new book, The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, A Search for Family.

Weekend Edition profiles singer-songwriter Piney Gir.

Her sound has been compared to Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, but on her latest album, Geronimo, Gir sometimes seems to be conjuring up '60s pop from girl groups to The Troggs. The singer-songwriter spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about making the album, her music influences and her next project.

Win Tony Fletcher's new book A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths out in the U.S. soon, here are and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists
The list of online "best of 2012" music lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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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