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April 13, 2013

Shorties (Haruki Murakami's New Novel Reviewed, R.E.M.'s Albums Ranked from Worst to Best, and more)

The Asahi Shimbun reviews Haruki Murakami's new novel.

MensXP recommends five Murakami books you should read.

Spinner ranks R.E.M.'s albums from worst to best.

Flavorwire lists the best obscure songs by the band.

Poet Clive James talks to Weekend Edition about his new translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.

English, he says, is a "rhyme-poor" language compared with Dante's Italian. "If you're going to do it in English, you need, I think, another approach, and I used quatrains. When I reconciled myself to that, I was off and running."

On sale for $2.99 today at Amazon MP3: U2's The Joshua Tree album.

Morning Edition lists 10 Venezuelan novelists to know.

Stereogum lists Destroyer albums from worst to best.

The Other People podcast interviews author Jennifer Spiegel.

On sale for $2.99 at Amazon MP3 today: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits album.

Read an excerpt from Thomas Pynchon's new novel, Bleeding Edge, on page 33 of Penguin Press's fall catalog (PDF link).

All Things Considered explores the Thatcher era's effect on British music.

BBC News examines how Granta's lists of the 20 brightest and most promising young British writers have shaped the literary landscape.

Stream live video from this weekend's Coachella Festival.

Zola Books interviews Andre Aciman about writing and his new novel Harvard Square.

You’ve said the best way to start writing is to write book reviews. Why?

What I said was that the best way to start publishing was by writing book reviews. Magazines, newspapers, and journals need book reviews; besides, book reviews are not too difficult to write. A well-crafted review could take at most a few weeks to write; a well-crafted short story more (sometimes, much, much more) than a month. Publishing a short story in a good place is difficult; not so with a book review. In my case, I started writing book reviews, then got to know the editor, and eventually asked him if he might be interested in my writing a piece about growing up as a Jew in Egypt. He was thrilled by the idea. Eventually, this gave rise to my memoir Out of Egypt. The best way to publish what one really wishes to write is by getting to know editors. And the best—and safest—way to do this is by publishing reviews.

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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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