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February 24, 2013

Shorties (Abstract Art from Classic Album Covers, W.H. Auden's Library Card, and more)

Artist Matt Booth's Average Albums series creates abstract art from classic album covers. shares a copy of W.H. Auden's New York Public Library card, featuring books he checked out from 1962-1964.

Stereogum ranks Bjork albums from worst to best.

Weekend Edition interviews Domenica Ruta about her new memoir With or Without You.

Thom Yorke talks to the Observer about the new Atoms for Peace album Amok (out February 26th).

Zola Books interviews Lesley Hazelton about her new biography of Muhammad, The First Muslim.

Music industry icon Clive Davis talks to Weekend Edition about his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life.

Dutch author Gerbrand Bakker talks to All Things Considered about his novel Ten White Geese.

All Things Considered interviews Johnny Marr about his new solo album, The Messenger (out February 26th).

Harper's interviews Phillip Lopate about his new book To Show and To Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction.

JG: In your new book on craft, To Show and To Tell, you talk about the excitement of essaying sentence by sentence. What advice do you give young writers about crafting a sentence?

PL: My first advice is to immerse yourself in reading — and not just your contemporaries. To investigate syntax and not just to write a simple, clear, seven‑word sentence. To some degree, Strunk and White have done a lot of damage by stressing clarity and concreteness as the only important elements in writing. A complex thought requires a complex syntax. It requires semicolons; it requires dependent clauses; it requires following out the thought. For me, it was very helpful to read philosophical writers, because they wanted to think at the highest possible level. I read things like Rilke's Letters of a Young Poet or Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space. Also Walter Benjamin, Theodore Adorno, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag. I became invested in the adventure of the mind. Their sentences tend to be more paradoxical.

Paste lists 15 great Stax Records songs,

Flavorwire recommends anime films for people who hate anime.

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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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