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March 26, 2013

Shorties (Robert Birnbaum Interviews George Saunders, A SXSW Interview with Depeche Mode, and more)

Robert Birnbaum interviews author George Saunders.

RB: Right. There are too many variables involved in commercial success.

GS: So for me the trick has been to structure my life so that most of my time is spent in the writing room. Most of a person's understanding of truth is happening there. This success—it's just like you are walking down the street and at some points you smell a great meal cooking and sometimes you'll smell a dumpster. But you took that path and you accept the smells that are coming at you and enjoy them. Or not. But you didn't necessarily cause them.

NPR shares a SXSW interview with members of Depeche Mode.

Drowned in Sound profiles former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins.

The truth is that Edwyn's sense of the absurd, and themes of soul-searching and redemption, permeate the whole breadth of his work. And yet it remains so tempting to view his latest material through the camera obscura of stroke/recovery. For instance, the gentle ballad 'Forsooth' contains the line, 'I'm so happy to be alive' – a seemingly obvious reference to his survival.

All Things Considered interviews Jill McCorkle about her new novel Life After Life.

At NPR Books, cartoonist Nicole Georges recommends Michael Azzerad's book Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana.

I identified so heavily with the protagonist of the story that I started shaving the sides of my head, playing guitar, seeking out punk records and romanticizing drugs. I melded my own personal angst (divorce, family secrets, outsider status) with Cobain's. I took control of the alienation I felt in the suburbs and embraced it.

NPR Books shares an excerpt from Meg Wolitzer's new novel The Interestings.

Flavorwire lists songs inspired by classic fantasy novels.

The Washington Post examines the problems encountered when converting poetry to eBooks.

Tablet interviews Rachel Shukert about her new young adult novel Starstruck.

Spinner lists 25 albums you should own on vinyl.

Flavorwire recommends free short stories to read online.

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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