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February 11, 2013

Shorties (Jane Austen Defined by Her Possessions, Modern Songs Re-imagined as Retro Vinyl Singles, and more)

Paula Byrne talks to All Things Considered about her new book The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things.

"I just had this idea that maybe it would be more interesting to structure the book around real-life things that Jane Austen either owned or wrote about," Byrne tells Jacki Lyden, host of weekends on All Things Considered.

Penney Design re-imagines modern songs as retro 7-inch vinyl singles. (via)

Author Lynne Truss discusses reading at literary events at the Telegraph.

Stereogum lists the 10 best Les Savy Fav songs.

Author Mattew Salesses interviews himself at The Nervous Breakdown.

The A.V. Club lists 18 songs about one-night stands.

Flavorwire lists 10 books that could save your life.

Buzzfeed shares photos of awesome bookshelves.

Weekend Edition profiles a New Orleans high school marching band that marches in parades every night the week of Mardi Gras.

"This is our season. There's football season, there's basketball season. Mardi Gras — this is our season. We look forward to it," says 16-year-old Donte Dray, who leads the band's trumpet section.

Zola Books interviews Karen Russell about her new short fiction collection Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

You're beloved by the literary fiction set, having received a Pulitzer nomination and inclusion in The New Yorker's prestigious “20 Under 40” list. You’re also a favorite of the sci-fi/fantasy crowd, as evidenced by i09 naming Vampires in the Lemon Grove one of its most anticipated reads for 2013. Do you hope your work appeals to one group over the other? How would you classify your writing?

If a dog taught itself to read and could read my stories, I'd be thrilled! Anyone who wants to look at my work is welcome. Any response and surprise to my work is great. I'm always a little worried that it will come off as off-putting or bizarre, but growing up I was a big fan of sci-fi and fantasy books. I was enamored with old school Russians and Jane Eyre. Genre-wise I've never really felt like an authority on my work. I just love playing with the horror-genre structure, and I'm not really thinking exactly what age group it will go to.

There seems to be this debate between fantasy vs. realism but I like to use the fantasy genre and people's notions of the horror genre to subvert these structures. I like to write fantasy with some supernatural elements to help people see something political or historical. I like to broaden the definition of fantasy to help expose or think through certain ideas.

Morning Edition wraps up last night's Grammy Awards.

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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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