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May 17, 2013

Shorties (Naomi Alderman on Historical Fiction, Kelley Deal on The Breeders' Last Splash Album, and more)

Author Caroline Leavitt interviews herself at The Nervous Breakdown.

Read an excerpt from her new novel, Is This Tomorrow.


PopMatters lists four remarkable 2013 black metal albums.


The Rumpus profiles cartoonist Ariel Schrag.


SPIN shares a glossary of terms used in Vampire Weekend songs.

The Barnes and Noble Review interviews Naomi Alderman about her new novel, The Liars' Gospel.

MN: Are you drawn to many historical novels or novels that reimagine history or myth?

NA: I have read quite a bit of historical fiction, everything from Ellis Peters to Umberto Eco, Hilary Mantel to Rosemary Sutcliffe. I am impressed by all those four -- what I'm unimpressed by is writers who fail to imagine how minds were different in different eras. I think one sees it more in film than novels -- in novels you have to put yourself inside the mind of the characters, perhaps in movies you can get away without doing it. So you get horrors like the moment in Gladiator (which is in general a very good, very Roman-feeling movie) where Commodus berates Marcus Aurelius for not having loved him as a boy. What nonsense. No Roman man would have asked for this from his father, nor would a Roman father have apologized for it. A Roman man might have been justly condemned for not teaching his son the manly virtues, but love...? Irrelevant. One has to understand that people really did think differently in the past.


Bust interviews Kelley Deal about the Breeders reunion and Last Splash tour and reissue.


Flavorwire lists 20 books you should definitely not read in your 20s.


Stereogum lists the 15 best LCD Soundsystem songs.


WKNO profiles independent bookstore Square Books of Oxford, Mississippi.

Bookselling Editor for Publishers Weekly Judith Rosen said Square Books "represents the best of what a rural bookstore can be," and that's the reason the publication named it this year's best bookstore.


The members of Daft Punk talk to All Things Considered about their new album, Random Access Memories.


Author Adam Wilson talks video games with the Gameological Society.


Boing Boing is streaming the soundtrack to The Source Family.


Thought Catalog lists 25 things you didn't know about The Great Gatsby.


Billy Butcher portrays indie rockers as comic book superheroes.


Author Lindsay Hunter discusses her favorite short story at Flavorwire.


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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