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November 1, 2012

Shorties (Velvet Underground Covers, An Excerpt from Ian McEwan's New Novel, and more)

MTV Hive lists the best covers of songs on The Velvet Underground and Nico album.

NPR shares an excerpt from Ian McEwan's new novel Sweet Tooth.

Entertainment Weekly reviews the book.

The Mary Sue lists its eight favorite literary horror heroines.

PopMatters lists the 10 spookiest Lou Reed songs.

Prospero interviews author James Ellroy about digital publishing and writing.

The A.V. Club considers the state of the modern music memoir.

Daniel Handler discusses his Lemony Snicket books with The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.

Musicians share their favorite horror movies at Paste.

xoJane lists its favorite books with "big fat" characters.

Drowned in Sound interviews ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead guitarist Jason Reece.

You mentioned Rage Against The Machine, what place do you think politics has in music now? In the early nineties there was the Rock The Vote campaign and even with these elections there’s artists like St Vincent taking part in campaigns encouraging people to register to vote...

I think there’s space for politics in music right now, because no-one’s really singing or talking about it. In the nineties, Fugazi were a band I’d go and watch and they were venting and expressing this music of protest. There seemed like there was this sort of movement [waiting] to evolve and now it seems like we’re devolving. Maybe it’s always been that way, maybe pop music has its world and where I’m from I’ve always been outside of that and I feel that world is shallow and so I tend to critique it. I’m coming from a place where I grew-up with bands like Bikini Kill, Public Enemy and Tribe Called Quest, where there was a sense of awareness of what was going on.

Bookworm interviews Craig Nova about his new novel.

Drowned in Sound interviews Spiritualized's Jason Pierce about music festivals.

The Millions interviews author Joshua Cohen on literature's place in the internet era.

Father John Misty visits The Current studio for a live performance and interview.

The Guardian interviews author Michael Chabon.

Win Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel The Age of Miracles and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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

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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