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February 1, 2013

Shorties (Criticism of the UK Cover for the 50th Anniversary Edition of the Bell Jar, Lindsey Buckingham on the Feetwood Mac Reunion, and more)

The Guardian rounds up criticism for the new cover of Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar.

The anniversary edition – the cover of which features a young woman fixing her makeup in a powder compact – has been criticised for misrepresenting the work and trivialising its content.


Relix interviews Lindsey Buckingham about the Fleetwood Mac reunion.


Mental Floss lists 20 words we owe to Shakespeare.


At Clash, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn reviews Frightened Rabbit's song "State Hospital."

"One of my favorite things about great songs is the way they give you enough details to get the story but leave out enough to create space for you to make it your own. So while I can't tell for absolute certain what vocalist Scott Hutchison means all the time, to me the song seems to be about the will to live."


The South China Post recommends five literary cities around the world.


Horror writer Brian Keene discusses the economics of being a full-time writer in a recent speech.


PopMatters previews February's music releases.


The Guardian lists the best glam rock songs of all time.


The Villager examines what happened to the famed "Book Row" in Greenwich Village.


Use the Hipster Cred Calculator along with the Coachella lineup to gauge your musical taste.


Publishers Weekly interviews writer Dave Barry.


The Line of Best Fit interviews EELS frontman Mark Everett about the band's new album, Wonderful, Glorious (out February 5th).


Cartoonist Jason depicts famous people from the arts as anthropomorphic animals at Comics Alliance.


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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Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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