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May 16, 2013

Shorties (An Oral History of The Breeders' Last Splash Album, Neil Gaiman on Writing for Money, and more)

SPIN shares an oral history of the Breeders' 1993 Last Splash album.

Talk of the Nation interviews Neil Gaiman about his new book, Make Good Art.

On money as a motivator

"Whenever I did something where the only reason for doing it was money — and this was a lesson that I learned beginning with being a 23-year-old author hired to write a book about Duran Duran — that whenever I did something and the only reason for doing it was the money, normally something would go terribly wrong. And I normally wouldn't get the money and then I wouldn't have anything. Whereas, whenever I did anything where what prompted my doing it was being interested, being excited, caring, thinking this is going to be fun, even if things went wrong and I didn't get the money, I had something I was proud of. ...

Flavorwire shares 25 Brian Eno quotes.

Bookworm interviews Aleksandar Hemon about his new memoir The Book of My Lives.

PopMatters profiles Matthew Cooper, the man behind the band Eluvium.

Now, with Nightmare Ending—a voluminous, 83-minute double album—Cooper has brought Eluvium to its creative peak. Things are no longer about a single, unique experiment or sonic idea; instead, Nightmare Ending collects every single facet of Eluvium into a gorgeous, unforgettable whole that’s undoubtedly the defining record in Cooper's body of work. From the ambient pop epic "Don’t Get Any Closer" to the near claustrophobic piano plinking of "Entendre", Nightmare Ending spans the intimate and the epic, the quiet and the explosive. It’s not, however, an album of oppositional traits; rather, it’s about synthesis and integration.

Rutu Modan talks to the Jewish Journal about her new graphic novel The Property.

LA Music Blog lists the top five up and coming electronic music acts.

Author S.E. Hinton discusses her love for the television series Supernatural with Flavorwire.

The Mountain Goats are reissuing a remastered edition of their album All Hail West Texas, which will include bonus tracks and an essay by John Darnielle on his songwriting process.

Bookish lists its favorite short stories.

Unleashed! lists cover song posts at Largehearted Boy.

Bryton Taylor is a food and literature blog that finds convergence between these two wonderful things.

All Things Considered examines Googles new music streaming service.

Flavorwire recommends 10 "fantastical" novels you should read immediately.

Win new novels by Jennifer Gilmore and Monica Drake plus 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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