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February 16, 2013

Shorties (The Weirdest Relationships in Literature, Introduction to Literature: Heavy Metal as a Literary Genre, and more)

At Litro, Rosie Garland (author of the forthcoming novel The Palace of Curiosities) lists the weirdest relationships in literature.

The Amarillo Globe-News interviews the professor of West Texas A&M's class Introduction to Literature: Heavy Metal as a Literary Genre.

"Metal is so identifiable in its themes and in its sound that it lends itself to the notion that we can introduce how to identify literary elements by looking at this different form," he said.

In the Guardian, author Katie Kitamura examines why novelists are compulsive list-makers.

In the New York Times, J. Robert Lennon explores the convergence of music and literature, especially for writers.

"Indeed, at times it seems as if every writer I’ve met since 2003 is also a musician, and most of the musicians I’ve met are, or would like to be, writers. Literary works are now routinely accompanied by purpose-made soundtracks; bands are calling upon literary writers to supply lyrics. It is not uncommon for literary readings to be bookended by musical acts, and one of the most popular current literary blogs, The Largehearted Boy, is also among the most popular music blogs. The worlds of rock and lit appear to be merging."

Full Stop's Pathos interview series asks writers "about the effect writing has had on their physical, emotional, and economic health; on the idea of poverty being a precondition for writing well; on what makes writing truthful to one’s self and to readers."

The New Yorker features a new short story by Zadie Smith.

Motherboard shares a brief history of the wah-wah guitar pedal.

Book Patrol points out Kathy Ross's amazing book sculptures.

The Oregonian lists the best songs written by Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers.

The New York Times interviews author Karen Russell.

What's your preferred literary genre? Any guilty pleasures?

Oh, I think I've gotten to a place where the word "genre" gives me the heebie-jeebies. Like someone coming at you with a bit and trying to guide you into a narrow stall. And reading anything, poetry or prose, fiction or biography, I think I'm always going to feel a little guilty, out of some vestigial sense that I should be doing something "useful" outside — on a boat, or with a tool, or what have you.

Flavorwire recommends 10 mp3s you need to download this week.

Weekend Edition interviews Michael Hainey about his new memoir After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story.

The Record offers a brief history of the Grammy sales bump.

NPR Books interviews Alaya Dawn Johnson about her young adult novel The Summer Prince.

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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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