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February 4, 2013

Shorties (Laurie Anderson Interviews Brian Eno, English Literature's 50 Key Moments, and more)

Laurie Anderson interviews Brian Eno at Interview Magazine.

The Guardian lists English literature's 50 key moments.

The New Statesman interviews Lars Iyer about his new novel, Exodus.

Juliet Jacques: What made you choose yourself and W. as the central characters in this trilogy? Did you feel that their (your) impotence was emblematic of the position of the would-be writer-philosopher under late capitalism?

Lars Iyer: The books started as a blog which I wrote to amuse myself and my friends, especially in difficult times – not on a personal level but more broadly. I wanted to present the characters and their friendship – or frenmity – within a political and intellectual context. My characters, W. and Lars, are friends because they share an intuition that there's something wrong with the world, and, however foolishly, they aim to address that wrong, if only within the space of their friendship.

Drowned in Sound reviews the new My Bloody Valentine album m b v.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency reimagines professional football players as Dickens characters.

Headliners for this year's Pitchfork Music Festival have been named.

Drinking Diaries shares an excerpt from Rosie Schaap's new essay collection, Drinking with Men.

All Things Considered profiles Jim McCormick, a poet turned country music songwriter.

Before he became that guy, McCormick took one of the most unusual paths to country music since Kris Kristofferson finished his Rhodes scholarship and wound up a janitor at a Nashville studio. In 1990, McCormick graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and went home to New Orleans to teach and write poems. The son of a merchant marine turned business owner and a stay-at-home mom, he'd hoped to give his poems a kind of everyday language.

Stereogum lists the 10 best OutKast songs.

The finalists for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award have been announced.

Kris Kristofferson talks songwriting at Weekend Edition.

Michael Chabon discusses the films of Wes Anderson at the New York Review of Books.

Drowned in Sound interviews EELS frontman Mark E. Smith.

This wouldn't be an Eels record without its pretty, folky numbers such as 'Accident Prone' and 'On The Ropes', but the main difference between the new record and the past couple is that these share equal billing with the rougher, more psychedelia-tinged likes of lead single 'Peach Blossom'. The result is a more varied and perhaps even more ambitious album than we have heard in recent years. "I think it's by-product of the approach to this album. You know, this album was very much 'see-what-happens' where I was open to every and any idea that anyone in the band had, which might be why it's more musically diverse."

Playwright Tony Kushner talks to Morning Edition about his friend Maurice Sendak's posthumously published book My Brothers' Keeper.

PopMatters lists overlooked albums of 2012.

All Things Considered interviews Sam Sheridan about his new book The Disaster Diaries.

Win Sean Ferrell's novels The Man in the Empty Suit and Numb, 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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