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March 3, 2013

Shorties (Johnny Marr Interviewed at Reddit, Terry Tempest Williams on Her New Memoir, and more)

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr was interviewed by the Reddit community.

Chapter 16 interviews Terry Tempest Williams about her new memoir When Women Were Birds.

Chapter 16: In When Women Were Birds you write about how important fairy tales were to you as a child, and the memoir itself sometimes reads like a myth. Did specific myths or fairy tales influence the book?

Terry Tempest Williams: My grandmother Mimi raised us on myths and fairytales, not as simply “make-believe” stories, but stories that serve as a mirror to our inner lives, with deep psychological resonance. She was a Jungian scholar, so dreams fell into the same category. My grandmother approached our dreams as personal myths. The “collective unconscious” was a term familiar to us at an early age. We recognized symbols as holding archetypal truths. And when I worked on the Navajo Reservation and listened to the Elders telling Creation Stories, they held the same weight for me as the story in Genesis in the Bible. Both stories illuminate what it means to be human.

Weekend Edition interviews Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell about their new album, Old Yellow Moon.

At NPR Books, Julie Wu (author of the new novel The Third Son), recommends three novels with flagrantly flawed main characters.

The Telegraph profiles Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond.

"Worden's pluralism is not just about diversity of styles, but of influences too. Her music is shaped by topics ranging from class warfare to presidential politics and becoming a mother. She has recently started writing to poetry, including free verse pioneer Walt Whitman, and one of her newest tracks is inspired by a Barack Obama speech. "

Weekend Edition interviews Denise Kiernan about her new book The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II.

To celebrate Robyn Hitchcock's 60th birthday: a 2007 London performance where he covers the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album in its entirety.

The Telegraph profiles British novelist B.S. Johnson.

Certainly Johnson's finest novels sprang from a temporary relaxation in his principles. House Mother Normal (1971) channelled his formal ingenuity into creating a superb textual illusion: it consists of eight 21-page monologues, describing a single evening from the viewpoint of the escalatingly decrepit inhabitants of a nursing home and bracketed by the testimony of their vicious and abusive House Mother. Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry, meanwhile, is a book-long streak of brilliant comic contempt, following an accounts clerk who develops his own system of moral debit and credit. It's Johnson’s funniest and most bitterly satirical work, as Christie pays off the vast debts accrued by Society ("general educational trauma", "Socialism not given a chance") with a cheery campaign of slaughter and public bombing.

The Independent profiles composer Steve Reich.

The Telegraph lists 20 books that were famously banned.

Drowned in Sound interviews Low's Alan Sparhawk about the band's new album, The Invisible Way (out March 19th).

The Economist notes that self-publishing may doom ISBN numbers as standards for book identification.

But publishing is changing. Self-published writers are booming; sales of their books increased by a third in America in 2011. Digital self-publishing was up by 129%. This ends the distinction between publisher, distributor and bookshop, making ISBNs less necessary.

The band Carroll visits The Current studios for an interview and live performance.

One of the fastest rising local bands right now is Carroll, a quartet that graduated from Macalester College last year and got their name from the street they lived on. A mix of psych-pop and Alec Ounsworth-esque vocals, Carroll just released their debut EP and has subsequently gathered all sorts of press and accolades.

Nora Ephron's cheesecake recipe (from her novel Heartburn)

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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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