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February 17, 2013

Shorties (Contemporary Novels Influenced by Shakespeare, Johnny Marr on "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," and more)

Flavorwire lists 10 contemporary novels influenced by Shakespeare.

Johnny Marr explains the genesis of the Smiths' song "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" at Pitchfork.

The Times of India interviews author Uzma Aslam Khan about the state of Pakistani literature.

Q. Who are the contemporary Pakistani writers you follow? What is the most appealing aspect of Pakistani writing in English? Any Indian writers you particularly like to read?

I don't follow any writers by nationality. I admire Vikram Seth and Arundhathi Roy for the same reason I admire Michael Ondaatje or David Mitchell: they write beautifully. Though I've yet to read Mohammad Hanif's fiction, many years ago, before his novels were published, I used to enjoy his articles in Newsline magazine. I also enjoyed Nafisa Shah's articles. They were also beautiful. And vital. One of Shah's pieces introduced me to the awful plight of the houbara bustard, a bird I've yet to see in the wild, and may never see, given how rapidly we're destroying it. I remembered her work when writing a brief scene about the hunting of the pheasants in Thinner than Skin.

Stereogum lists the 10 best Tegan and Sara songs.

The Asahi Shimbun reports that Haruki Murakami's forst novel in three years will be published in Japan in April.

Aby Wolf visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Weekend Edition interviews Tanis Rideout her debut novel, Above All Things.

Forbes lists the world's highest paid DJs.

All Things Considered interviews Napoleon A. Chagnon about his new book, Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes — The Yanomamo and the Anthropologists.

On shattering the anthropological paradigm

"One of the things that struck me was that my profession had convinced me that life in the state of nature, life among tribesmen, was very tranquil, and that's one of the first things I noticed was that they weren't living in a blissful state of nature, but in fact were actively engaged in raiding, club fighting, chest pounding. The next thing that I noticed was that most of their fights started with, or revolved around, abduction of women. ... I was shattering two rather sacred myths in anthropology. One is that natives in a state of nature are not really blissful, and two, they were fighting when they did fight over females — reproductive opportunities — and these were two rather serious challenges to the received wisdom of the anthropological times of the 1960s."

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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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