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May 8, 2013

Shorties (Margaret Atwood on Writing About Dreams, 20 Things You Didn't Know About Blur's Modern Life Is Rubbish Album, and more)

Margaret Atwood offers tips for writing about dreams at the New York Review of Books.

NME lists 20 things you didn't know about Blur's classic Modern Life Is Rubbish album (which was released twenty years ago).

Crave lists 13 bad literature to film adaptations.

Flavorwire lists 10 albums made for incredibly strange reasons.

Boing Boing shares an excerpt from Mickey Spillane's lost Mike Hammer novel, Complex 90, finished by Max Collins.

Huffington Post lists 20 unexpected cover songs.

VICE interviews Douglas Coupland through a series of photographs of notes.

Flavorwire shares an interactive map of places mentioned in Vampire Weekend songs.

Original MTV VJs share early memories of the network with USA Today to publicize their new book, VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave.

Monkey See reviews the book.

Moshsin Hamid, author of the novel How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, talks writing with the Irish Times.

"It's about digging a hole and seeing what fills it," he says. "So it's about solitude and time and nothingness. For me, writing a novel is more like digging a well than climbing a mountain – some heroic thing where I set out to conquer. I just sit quietly for a few years, and then it starts to become something."

Soul singer Charles Bradley visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Flavorwire is holding a short fiction contest.

Paste lists 12 Alabama bands you should listen to now.

Win Anthony Marra's debut novel and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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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