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April 27, 2013

Shorties (Noir Fiction of the American Midwest, Pairing Bands with Old Testament Books, and more)

The American Prospect explores the noir fiction of the American Midwest.

There's a long tradition of shotguns and spare-prose fiction depicting America's working class, and right now the Midwest is having a literary moment. Dennis Lehane, who anchors his crime novels in Boston, once told an interviewer that "in Greek tragedy they fall from great heights. In noir they fall from the curb." In books by a small but growing number of authors—besides Bill, Donald Ray Pollock (Ohio), Bonnie Jo Campbell (Michigan), Alan Heathcock (Illinois)—there are no curbs. The roads are gravel and dirt, but the people still find a way to fall.

Noisey pairs bands with every book in the Bible's Old Testament.

Edna O'Brien talks to Weekend Edition about her new memoir Country Girl.

On bringing people alive in Country Girl

"The person who comes most alive is my mother. She had the deepest effect on me. She, to a great extent, formed me to be what I am. She instilled into me certainly a conscience and a discipline ... that was in contrast to my inner wild self that didn't want these restrictions, if you know what I mean. And by her not wanting me to be a writer, it played some part in my determination to be a writer."

The 2013 Scottish Album of the Year finalists have been named.

Greg Bellow talks to the Guardian about his new book, Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir.

The Winnipeg Free Press reviews the book.

Stereogum lists the 10 best Bright Eyes songs.

Weekend Edition interviews Thomas Dyja about his new book The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream.

Aquarium Drunkard shares a sampler from the Velvet Underground's Quine Tapes, a collection of recordings from the band's 1969 residency at The Matrix in San Francisco.

HUCK interviews author Dave Eggers.

R.I.P. George Jones.

10 facts about the country music legend.

My friend Gabrielle Gantz discusses the New York City literary scene at the Globe and Mail.

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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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