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February 27, 2013

Shorties (Lee Rourke on His New Poetry Collection, A New Song from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more)

Totally Dublin interviews author Lee Rourke about his new poetry collection, Varroa Destructor.

Does this desire to cleanse language bear any relation to the varroa destructor, that external parasitic mite you’ve chosen for the title of your collection?

Kind of, yeah. I'm obsessed with the writings of Jacques Derrida and with the poet Francis Ponge, in particular a work of his called Soap, where he treats poetry as if it were an experiment in a laboratory. He wants to approach the event of the object through language and its cleansing. He's obsessed with paring language down in this sense, with not being poetic, with not being 'literary'. And this correlates with what Derrida says in his reading of Hegel in Glas.

Pitchfork is streaming a new Yeah Yeah Yeahs song.

Short story masters Karen Russell and Claire Vaye Watkins interview each other at Salon.

Tone Deaf lists 20 indie record labels you should know.

Rolling Stone interviews Jack White.

Fresh Air interviews Michael Moss about his new book Salt Sugar Fat.

On Kraft owner Philip Morris' foresight with regards to processed foods

"As Philip Morris came under pressure for nicotine and cigarettes, it eventually started looking at the food divisions in light of the emerging obesity crisis. And there were moments in these internal documents where Philip Morris officials were saying to the food division, 'You guys are going to face a problem with salt, sugar, fat in terms of obesity of the same magnitude, if not more than [what] we're facing with nicotine right now. And you've got to start thinking about this issue and how you're going to deal with that.' "

All Things Considered talks to the creators of These Streets, a play that tells the story of women in Seattle's grunge scene of the 1990s.

The Wall Street Journal finds that some authors have been buying their way into bestseller lists.

The New Yorker features new short fiction by Colm Toibin.

Paste lists 10 great music-inspired posters.

NPR Books reviews and shares an excerpt of Ariel Djanikian's dystopian novel The Office of Mercy.

Flavorwire lists 10 supergroups that were less than the sum of their parts.

The Chronicle Books Blog explains the creation process for Jeffrey Brown's forthcoming graphic novel Vader's Little Princess.

Speakeasy is streaming Madeleine Peyroux's new album The Blue Room (out March 5th).

Identity Theory interviews author Vanessa Veselka.

Spin is streaming the new Helado Negro album, Invisible Life (out March 5th).

Flavorwire lists 10 college course syllabi by famous authors.

Win new short story collections by Jamie Quatro and Rajesh Parameswaran plus 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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