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March 6, 2013

Shorties (NPR's Stream of SXSW Music, An Interview with Poet Miller Williams, and more)

NPR Music is sharing a streaming mix of acts playing SXSW this year.

The Oxford American interviews poet Miller Williams.

OA: What is your poetic process? How do you write? Where do you write? Has your process changed over the years or has it become a ritual?

MW: Usually a poem of mine will begin and stay awhile in my head, until I recognize what it wants to say and in what pattern and tone of voice. Then I scribble it out—most often on a legal pad—writing one copy after another as it affirms its pattern and tone. When it seems to be about finished, I type it out on my computer—no longer on my typewriter. That's the only change in the ritual.

Mohsin Hamid talks to Morning Edition about his impressive debut novel How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.

On writing a "self-help" novel

"It started off as a joke. I was in New York, talking with a friend of mine, and we started joking about the idea that sometimes, reading novels felt like hard work, and we were doing it because they were good for us. And I said, 'Well, you know, I'm going to write my next novel as a self-help book.' And I tried to forget that, but it had triggered this notion that, you know, maybe novels really are self-help books. And maybe writing a novel is sort of self-help for me, being more comfortable with my life and the world. And maybe there's a kind of self-help in reading fiction, too."

Read an excerpt from the book.

Singer-songwriter Olaf Arnalds offers a tour of her studio and recording equipment at Drowned in Sound.

Fresh Air interviews Sandra Day O'Connor about her new book Out of Order.

The A.V. Club lists 15 R-rated music videos from the 1980s.

Sonali Deraniyagala talks to Morning Edition about her memoir Wave, which recounts the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami.

Flavorwire ranks rapper name changes from least to most bizarre.

The Nervous Breakdown shares an excerpt from Melanie Thorne's novel Hand Me Down.

British singer-songwriter Dan Croll visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Open Culture shares a recording of E.E. Cummings reading his poem "anyone lived in a pretty how town."

Flavorwire shares a Spotify playlist of the 50 best albums you've never heard.

The Oxford American interviews Frank Bill about his debut novel, Donnybrook.

OA: The pacing and action of the plot in Donnybrook is relentless. Was this a natural storytelling style for you from the get-go or did it slowly evolve?

FB: It evolved over time through my writing of short stories. At first I kept trying to mimic writers that I admired and held in high regard rather than letting things go and writing what I wanted. I was writing what I thought journals wanted to publish. Then I found my breaking point.

Pigeons and Planes lists the 50 most influential indie rock bands.

Poet Matthew Gavin Frank interviews himself at The Nervous Breakdown.

PopMatters is streaming the self-titled Golden Grrrls album (out March 12th).

Flavorwire lists eight great works of speed-filled literature (speed as in drugs).

Stream "Burn," the first single form the new Iggy and the Stooges album, Ready to Die (out April 30th).

SPIN profiles soul legend Swamp Dogg and shares a collection of his craziest album covers.

Punk+ is a new limited edition book of photographs by Sheila Rock that chronicles the punk movement.

Win the new book Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built 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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