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February 18, 2013

Shorties (The YA "Sick-Lit" Phenomenon, Stream Johnny Marr's New Album, and more)

The Guardian is streaming Johnny Marr's new album The Messenger (out February 26th).

The Globe and Mail explores the YA "sick-lit" phenomenon.

Literary media have been abuzz about the “sick-lit” controversy: novels written for teenagers with themes of death, fatal disease and psychological disease such as anorexia. Apparently these are very popular with girls in the U.K. and North America. Detractors say they are dangerous because they romanticize these things, especially cancer; they encourage wallowing in depression and may actually encourage vulnerable children to harm themselves.

The Well-Read Wife recommends 10 gifts for Sylvia Plath fans.

Morning Edition profiles "China's Leonard Cohen," singer-songwriter Zuoxiao Zuzhou.

The Guardian compares US book covers with their UK counterparts.

NPR is streaming the new Shout Out Louds album Optica (out February 26th).

Herman Koch talks to Morning Edition about his debut novel, The Dinner.

The Dinner has been out in Europe for some time, and Koch says peoples' reactions run the gamut. "It goes from people saying, 'oh, this seemed a nice man in the beginning, but in the end he is not, to put it mildly,' and there's another part of the readers who say, 'finally, a character in a book who actually does what we are all thinking.'"

Read an excerpt from the book.

Jonathan Cott talks to All Things Considered about his new book, Days That I'll Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Paste lists nine reasons you should be reading the new Batman comics.

NPR Music is streaming Thurston Moore's new Chelsea Light Moving album (out March 5th)).

The New York Times notes the rising popularity of short stories in the digital age.

The Line of Best Fit profiles the band Foals.

The group's endurance, in short, can be attributed to their ingenuity. Not simply musically – moving as they have from the winningly homespun electro charm of Antidotes through the more polished, but no less organic, Total Life Forever before arriving at Holy Fire – but also in their use of the music video. The unforgettably epic visual accompaniment to 'Spanish Sahara' has been matched this time around by the almost occult video for 'Inhaler', each examples of the group's longstanding collaboration with their "sixth member", director Dave Ma: "Videos are really important to us," Bevan states. "They can cement the aesthetic of a song and take you away to another place. It's escapism I guess."

Win the new issue of Lucky Peach the Baked: Elements cookbook, 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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