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January 28, 2013

Shorties (New Sylvia Plath Biographies, An Interview with Aimee Mann, and more)

Salon reviews two new biographies of Sylvia Plath, American Isis and Mad Girl's Love Song.


Wears the Trousers interviews singer-songwriter Aimee Mann.

Over the summer you prompted a very interesting discussion about the difficulty of balancing the books as a touring and recording musician, and it all got kind of heated. Did some of the responses shock you or did it merely confirm that making music these days is becoming more and more of an uphill struggle?

It didn't totally shock me. Most of the replies that I got on Twitter were super supportive, but I think that people are built in such a way that if everyone around them is doing something, it becomes incorporated into their moral structure. It's very hard to think you’re doing anything wrong if everybody is doing it; you feel entitled to it. When people are able to do something, they feel entitled to do it, and when they have been doing something for a while they feel entitled to keep doing it. So I think, psychologically, that's really the uphill battle. Obviously I have a lot of objections to that, but the main one is when people just don’t wanna look, when they don't wanna hear the reality of it. Or they argue with you about what the reality of it is, and I find that kind of obnoxious.


Stream My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James' new solo album Regions of Light and Sound of God (out February 5th) at NPR Music.


India Ink interviews author Nadeem Aslam.


Flavorwire lists what your favorite record as a kid says about you now.


The Rainbow Project has named its recommended 2013 GLBTQ books for children and teens.


Stream Thao and the Get Down Stay Down's new album We the Common (out February 5th) at NPR Music.


Flavorwire lists the best libraries in pop culture.


Big Freedia explains bounce music to All Things Considered.

That's another thing: Bounce is party music, hypersexual and made to be danced to. (The more your butt is moving, the better). Freedia says that's why the lyrics are usually kept simple: "You've gotta leave room for the bass and the boom and the knock," she says, "and for people to be able to just free themselves and express themselves through dance."


Barry Siegel talks to All Things Considered about his new book Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom.


Stream Richard Thompson's new album Electric (out February 5th) at NPR Music.


Neil Gaiman shares his favorite television shows and movies with Morning Edition.


Stream the new EELS album Wonderful, Glorious (out February 5th) at The Line of Best Fit.


The Vox Tablet podcast examines the enduring legacy of poet and singer-songwriter Vladimir Vysotsky.


The Quietus looks back on two decades of the Riot Grrrl movement.


The Wall Street Journal profiles recent marathon book readings held in New York City.


The Line of Best Fit lists 10 fictional bands it wishes were real.


At English Pen, author Jeet Thayil reports from the Jaipur Literature Festival.


Win two of 2013's best books so far, Nicole Georges' graphic novel Calling Dr. Laura and Teddy Wayne's novel The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, 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)

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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