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March 15, 2013

Shorties (The Top Books About Outsiders for Teenagers, The Best Modern Concept Albums, and more)

The Guardian lists the top 10 books about outsiders for teenagers.

Flavorwire responds with an alternative list.


The Sabotage Times lists the best modern concept albums.


Tuscaloosa Magazine interviews former Drive-By Truckers bassist Shonna Tucker about her new band, Eye Candy.

Q:How do you describe your sound to someone who is unfamiliar with your music?

A:I think that our music is Southern soul. There's a little bit of everything in there. Maybe like a Bobbie Gentry/Tom Petty/Joe Tex/Dolly Parton casserole.


Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng has won the Man Asian Literary Prize with his novel The Garden of Evening Mists.


NPR Music shares a stream of Dave Grohl's SXSW Music keynote speech.


The Daily Beast interviews author William H. Gass.


DJ Rob da Bank lists 20 songs to "save a dead dancefloor" at Sabotage Times.


Fresh Air interviews author Claire Vaye Watkins.


Flavorwire lists the musicians who make the best music videos.


Omnivoracious interviews George R.R. Martin about the Game of Thrones books and television series.


NPR Music is sharing a variety of live and recorded streams from SXSW.


The Beat examines cartoonist Will Eisner's graphic novels as novels.


Deadline reports that a new documentary of Jim Morrison is in teh worls.


Dawn Raffel interviews Jamie Quatro at The Center for Fiction.

At the risk of annoying you, let’s start with the Southern question. Do you consider yourself a Southern writer? A chronicler of “the new South?” How do you even define that?

That is the question, isn’t it? If you define “Southern writer” as one with deep ancestral roots in the south, or at least one born and raised here, then I don’t qualify. I’m from the West, born in California, raised in Arizona. But if you loosen those terms, if a “Southern writer” is one who deals in some fashion with topics that have historically defined Southern literature—religion, the grotesque/gothic, racial tension, the Civil War—then I do think the term begins to apply.


Win Kristopher Jansma's debut novel The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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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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