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May 1, 2013

Shorties (Moby Dick: The Card Game, Stream Fleetwood Mac's New EP, and more)

The Awl interviews the creators of Moby Dick: Or The Card Game (a card game).

The gameplay is totally brutal. Characters are constantly dying, which is frustrating but I suppose pretty consistent with the reality of whaling?

Joel: There are highs and lows. That's one thing I love about it. It really is fateful. There are times when you are riding high and nothing can stop you, but then in the blink of an eye, you're so low. But then you're back again. It swings violently. It really is life on the sea.

Morning Edition is streaming the new Fleetwood Mac EP, Extended Play, and interviews Mick Fleetwood about the band's reunion.

TIME lists seven unique book collections.

Flavorwire lists the 10 albums you need to hear in May.

Nautilus is a new print and online literary science magazine.

"We are here to tell you about science and its endless connections to our lives. Each month we choose a single topic. And each Thursday we publish a new chapter on that topic online. Each issue combines the sciences, culture and philosophy into a single story told by the world’s leading thinkers and writers. We follow the story wherever it leads us. Read our essays, investigative reports, and blogs. Fiction, too. Take in our games, videos, and graphic stories. Stop in for a minute, or an hour. Nautilus lets science spill over its usual borders. We are science, connected."

Pitchfork profiles the band Savages.

"Savages' honesty about the complexities of female sexuality places them in an underpopulated but fervent lineage that stretches from Patti Smith through Liz Phair, PJ Harvey, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and beyond. (At its most aggressive, Beth's wail is a dead-ringer for Karen O's pixellated yowl.) Women to whom expressing the desire for violent or so-called deviant sexual pleasure is empowering, rather than a cheap signifier of "transgression” or vulnerability."

Benjamin Swett talks to All Things Considered about his book New York City of Trees.

SPIN lists Daft Punk's 19 savviest samples.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Denison Witmer.

Andrew Jewell talks to Morning Edition about editing The Selected Letters of Willa Cather.

Read an excerpt from the book.

Flavorwire lists the 10 best Colbert Report musician appearances.

The Associated Press interviews author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

"I'm writing about where I care about and I deeply, deeply care about Nigeria," Adichie told The Associated Press. "Nigeria is the country that most infuriates me and it is the country I love the most. I think when you're emotionally invested in a place as a storyteller, it becomes organic."

Drowned in Sound reviews the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories.

NPR Books shares an excerpt from Waletr Mosley's new Easy Rawlins novel, Little Green.

Paste lists 13 songs about losing virginity.

Flavorwire shares a collection of literary cartoons by Tom Gauld.

Win George Jones' autobiography and 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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