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April 8, 2013

Shorties (Nick Cave on Writing Songs and Novels, A New T.C. Boyle Short Story, and more)

Nick Cave compares writing songs and novels at the A.V. Club.

"A novel is difficult to get your shit together to start it up. When someone says "Write a novel," you're kind of like, "It's a big thing." But actually, once you start it up, I think, it's relatively easy. You just have to sit down and do it. There's an anxiety around writing songs that I have. I've always found the process really difficult, and I don't know why. It's because they're really coming out of—they're sort of dragged out of you. It's very much an internal thing. It's very much connected to your soul. I mean, you can use words like that quite freely around the process of songwriting. Whereas novel-writing, for me, it feels much more like an intellectual exercise. That's why music is, in its way, a superior creative form than the other ones. It's much more mysterious."

The New Yorker features a new short story by T.C. Boyle.

Five book designers talk about the books that inspire them at the Virginia Quarterly Review.

NPR Music is streaming the new Flaming Lips album, The Terror.

Metallica offers free concert downloads.

NPR Music is streaming the new Ghostface Killah and Adrian Young album, Twelve Reasons to Die.

Andre Aciman discusses memoir writing at the New York Times.

Writing the past is never a neutral act. Writing always asks the past to justify itself, to give its reasons… provided we can live with the reasons. What we want is a narrative, not a log; a tale, not a trial. This is why most people write memoirs using the conventions not of history, but of fiction. It's their revenge against facts that won't go away.

The A.V. Club lists 16 songs with weird whispers.

Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Julie Odell this week.

RZA talks to Morning Edition about the 20-year career of the Wu-Tang Clan.

The Other People podcast interviews author Owen King.

NPR Music is streaming the new Iron and Wine album, Ghost on Ghost (out April 16th).

The New Yorker profiles author James Salter.

Flavorwire collects the best writing on film critic Roger Ebert and his legacy.

Louisa Shafia, author of The New Persian Kitchen, recommends books about Iran.

Win Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild, Elissa Schapell's short story collection Blueprints for Building Better Girls, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
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Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 free and legal mp3s.

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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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