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May 21, 2013

Shorties (The Best Books About Haiti, The Greatest Alternative Music Drummers, and more)

Ben Fountain lists the top 10 books about Haiti at the Guardian.

SPIN lists the 100 greatest drummers of alternative music.

Morning Edition interviews basketball coach Phil Jackson about his new book, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.

Music Ruined My Life shares several covers of Bob Dylan's song "Wagon Wheel."

New Yorker writer George Packer talks to Weekend Edition about his new book The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.

Drowned in Sound interviews Public Image Ltd frontman John Lydon.

Boing Boing shares an excerpt from Jeffrey Brown's new book, Vader's Little Princess.

Flavorwire lists the 50 albums from the past 50 years everyone should own.

Page-Turner interviews author Claire Vaye Watkins.

Realistic fiction about the West tends to get called "gritty," whereas, say, in the South it’s "gothic" or "grotesque." How different are those regional labels, really?

It’s like what Flannery O'Connor said: what Northerners call grotesque, the Southerner will call realistic. I certainly never set out to be gritty or inflict on my reader a harrowing, difficult experience. I actually think of the stories as really funny and really pretty but my big fear for them is that they're nostalgic, that they're too affectionate, that they're too safe. So to hear them described to me as gritty is really bizarre. But the other element of it is sometimes I do get, Oh this very dainty girl has written a very gritty book, and that’s probably my least favorite response to it; sometimes people have very strange responses to my age and gender and my photo— "You seem so nice in your picture, but then you're writing about sex." I want to say, "Hey, nice girls get there, too!"

The band Foals visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Paris Review blog profiles Icelandic author Sjón and his unlikely collaborations with Bjork.

Stream a documentary about the Boston band, The Stairs.

Author Manuel Gonzales discusses his favorite short story at Flavorwire.

Rookie Magazine premiered a new song by Eleanor Friedberger and interviewed the singer-songwriter about her forthcoming album.

Win Michael Moss's new book Salt Sugar Fat 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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