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February 5, 2013

Shorties (The New Rilo Kiley Rarities Compilation, Jamaica Kincaid on Her New Novel, and more)

Pitchfork has details and a tracklist for the forthcoming Rilo Kiley rarities compilation, Rkives (out April 4th).

Tablet interviews Jamaica Kincaid about her new novel See Now Then.

PopMatters interviews Titus Andronicus frontman Patric Stickles.

Flavorwire lists great literary characters inspired by real people.

All Things Considered remembers singer Karen Carpenter, who died 30 years ago yesterday.

"If Covers of Literary Classics Were Marketed to the Facebook Cohort"

Jason Lytle talks to Drowned in Sound about Grandaddy and his solo career.

Book Fight! discusses Jami Attenberg's novel The Melting Season.

NPR is streaming the new Bryan Ferry Orchestra album, The Jazz Age (out February 12th).

Fresh Air interviews Andrea Stuart about her new book, Sugar in the Blood.

On how her research and knowledge of her family's past has changed her thinking about sugar

"It was not until I was reading some of the work by the abolitionists, and ... one of their big ... campaigns was that it was 'blood-stained sugar,' ... that it carried the blood of slaves, and I remember actually at that point putting some sugar into something and thinking, 'Ah, it's this!' And ... I thought again about the way that commodities — in my case it was sugar; in America the parallels would be, as I say, cotton or tobacco — how these ... commodities have such real, visceral impacts on the way our lives unfold and how extraordinary that is."

Fresh Air interviews Ira Kaplan about the new Yo La Tengo album, Fade.

Shutterstock examines strange album art choices over the years.

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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