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March 28, 2013

Shorties (Barry Hannah on Why He Wrote, Stream the New A Hawk and a Hacksaw Album, and more)

The Oxford American shares Barry Hannah's reasons for writing.

"I think of those moments in Faulkner, Beckett, and Holy Scripture, when the words seem absolutely final, bodiless, unattached, as out of a cloud of huge necessity. My desire is to come even close to that team—to be that lucky, to be touched by such grace. I do believe that as you write more and age, the arrogance and most of the vanity goes. Or it is a vanity met with vast gratitude, that you were hit by something as you stood in the way of it, that anybody is listening. When you are ashamed and revising your comments to old girlfriends of thirty years ago, you might be shocked to find out you really have nothing much better now than what you said in the first place. This is what I would tell her now: I want to say good stuff."

WNYC's Soundcheck is streaming the new A Hawk And A Hacksaw album, You Have Already Gone To The Other World (out April 2nd).

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles the band Frightened Rabbit.

Frightened Rabbit is a little indie-rock band from Scotland with a sensitive heart and occasionally epic sound. The kind of indie band -- not too far removed from Mumford & Sons or Of Monsters and Men -- that's been breaking big in the wake of Arcade Fire's success.

Bookworm interviews author Michael Andaatje.

PopMatters chronicles the career of The Strokes.

Taiyr Selasi talks to Tell Me More about her new novel Ghana Must Go.

Morning Edition looks back on the Bay Area rap scene of 1993.

Qwiklit lists 10 essential prairie novels.

Paste recommends 12 Mississippi bands you should listen to now.

Flavorwire shares a collection of "hilariously disturbing" band fanfiction.

Recommended Reading features a new short story by Etgar Keret.

Win the six books featured in this week's Book Notes feature 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)

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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