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March 30, 2013

Shorties (An Interview with Kate Atkinson, Singer-Songwriter Kurt Vile Profiled, and more)

Weekend Edition interviews Kate Atkinson about her new novel, Life After Life.

On the process of trying different ideas before settling in on a novel

"I usually try different novels. I usually start writing a novel that I then abandon. When I say abandon, I don't think any writer ever abandons anything that they regard as even a half-good sentence. So you recycle. I mean, I can hang on to a sentence for several years and then put it into a book that's completely different from the one it started in. So I think you sort of nose your way into it."

The Guardian profiles singer-songwriter Kurt Vile.

Vile came to prominence two years ago, with the release of Smoke Ring For My Halo, an album of scuffly, joyous guitar pop. It was, in fact, his fourth solo studio record in a career that has seen Vile locate the perfect intersection between Tom Petty and Pavement, Neil Young and Beck.

Read Japanese? Pre-order Haruki Murakami's new novel.

Stereogum lists the 10 best Strokes songs.

The Guardian lists the top 10 books on Afghanistan.

Paste remembers Crawdaddy! founder Paul Williams.

Debbie Reynolds talks to Weekend Edition about her new memoir Unsinkable.

Mashable shares three music-themed comics you will totally relate to.

The Believer interviews author Renata Adler.

On sale today for $1.99 at Amazon MP3: the 20-track Bee Gees: Number Ones album.

The Stranger features new flash fiction from Sherman Alexie.

Drowned in Sound profiles the Swedish indie record label Labrador Records.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

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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