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May 13, 2013

Shorties (James Salter on the Diminishing Power of the Novel, Vampire Weekend Gets Pitchfork's Best Review of the Year So Far, and more)

All Things Considered interviews James Salter about his new novel All That Is.

On his character's observation that the 'power of the novel in the nation's culture has weakened'

"I guess I believe it. My feelings are probably more sentimental than rational. The culture is what it is. It reforms itself, it is freshened by certain things, it is polluted by other things, and it continually revives and presents itself. So it's an unfortunate thing for a certain kind of novelist, or maybe for an older novelist. But apart from that, I don't know if it's a grave thing."


Pitchfork gave the new Vampire Weekend album, Modern Vampires of the City (out tomorrow), a 9.3, its highest rating of the year so far.


The Rumpus interviews author Emily Rapp.


Stereogum reviews the new album by the National, Trouble Will Find Me.


Melissa Mohr talks to Morning Edition about her new book Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing.


NPR Music is streaming The Handsome Family's new album Wilderness (out May 14th).


Author Amy Brill interviews herself at The Nervous Breakdown.


Weekend Edition examines MIDI's contribution to modern music.


Tablet profiles author Walter Mosley, who discusses how his Jewish experience shaped his life.


Pitchfork is streaming the new Dillinger escape Plan album, One of Us Is the Killer (out May 14th).


The A.V. Club lists 13 surprising celebrity novelists.


Sabotage Times shares a fanboy's guide to the best Daft Punk songs.


The Berkshire Eagle profiles cartoonist Howard Cruse.


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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