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February 28, 2013

Shorties (The Greatest Dystopian Love Stories in Literature, An Excerpt from a New Smiths Book, and more)

Flavorwire lists the 10 greatest dystopian love stories in literature.

Pop Candy shares an excerpt from the book Songs That Saved Your Life - The Art of The Smiths 1982-87.

The Wall Street Journal interviews author Vendela Vida about The Believer's 10 years and San Francisco's literary scene.

The finalists for the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature have been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Shani Boianjiu, Ben Lerner, and Stuart Nadler.

Pitchfork interviews the Glasgow trio Chvrches.

The Granta podcast interviews James Lasdun about his new memoir, Give Me Everything You Have.

A classical music critic reviews Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album at The Arts Desk.

Bookworm interviews author Luis Alberto Urrea.

The Telegraph profiles the band Swim Deep.

What do they sound like?

A spry update on early-Nineties US alternative rock and psychedelic British indie. Honey sounds like The Pixies at their poppiest, while new single The Sea borrows its rippling drums and gleaming guitar riffs from The Stone Roses. "There's a lot of escapism [in our music]," says Williams of the band’s cheerful sound. "More sun makes me happier – it's a great little drug. If I can project that through our songs then that's amazing."

Fresh Air interviews John Thavis, author of The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church, about the politics of picking a new Pope.

Flavorwire interviews singer-songwriter John Vanderslice about his David Bowie covers project and crowdfunding his next two albums.

Morning Edition interviews Christine Ammer, author of The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms.

Richard Thompson visits All Things Considered for an interview and live performance.

Zola Books interviews Paula Brackston, author of The Winter Witch, on the revival of witches as protagonists in supernatural fiction.

Are witches due for a pop culture revival similar to vampires and werewolves?

I say yes, definitely! Seriously, I think they do all speak to that part of us that is fascinated by "other" and by supernatural strength. We are moved to pity those who are set apart and victimized. We are drawn to people with an indefinable, “magic” quality. We are stirred by the power witches, vampires, and werewolves are fabled to have. And don’t we all like to be just a tiny bit frightened now and again?

Paste lists 10 great Johnny Marr guitar moments.

Blogging for a Good Book shares a spreadsheet that aggregates major lists and awards of the best books of 2012.

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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