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May 29, 2013

Shorties (The Best Songs of 2013 (So Far), Stephen King on His New Novel, and more)

SPIN lists the 40 best songs of 2013 so far.

Fresh Air interviews Stephen King about his new novel, Joyland.

Read an excerpt from the book.

Louder Than War interviews Mick Crudge about The Fits reunion.

Jessica Maria Tuccelli discusses the paperback cover of her novel Glow with its designer at Talking Covers.

Mick Jones and Paul Simonon reminisce about the glory days of the Clash at the Guardian.

Nadeem Aslam talks to All Things Considered about his new novel The Blind Man's Garden.

On his habit of writing in total isolation

"Because I had no money, whenever I had money, I would save it and that meant that my social life began to disintegrate. So by the end of that 10 years, I was more or less without any friends. And during those 10 years — and they were formative years — I ended up living next to some very noisy people, and because I couldn't afford to move I used to sleep during the day and write at night when it was quiet. So as I said, they were formative years. So that still lingers."

Montreal singer-songwriter Magical Cloudz shares a list of his favorite things at Pitchfork.

The Virginia Quarterly Review interviews author Alice Munro about her writing process.

What is your writing process?

I work slowly; it’s always difficult—it’s nearly always difficult. I’ve been writing steadily, really, since I was twenty years old, and now I’m eighty-one. My routine now is to get up in the morning, have some coffee, start to write. And then a little later on, I might take a break and have something to eat and go on writing. The serious writing is done in the morning. I don’t think I can use a lot of time in the beginning; I maybe can only do about three hours. I do rewrite a lot, and I rewrite and then I think it’s all done, and I send it in. And then I want to rewrite it some more. Sometimes it seems to me that a couple of words are so important that I’ll ask for the book back so that I can put them in.

Brooklyn Based recommends May's best new music and books.

The Atlantic ponders the ownership of fan fiction.

Paul Westerberg wrote an essay about songwriting for the New York Times.

iTunes is streaming the new Queens of the Stone Age album, ...Like Clockwork (out June 4th).

San Francisco Magazine profiles author Michael Chabon.

Chabon's writing life is deeply tied to California. He received his MFA from UC Irvine and lived for a spell in Los Angeles, but his California journey began and has continued in the Bay Area. His mother, the "original settler," moved to Oakland when he was still in college in Pittsburgh. On his first visit out here—at age 20—his mother zipped him from the airport to a Mexican restaurant in Fruitvale. He felt instantly at home. "Pittsburgh didn’t even have Taco Bell," he says. He loved the light, the people, the diversity. "Monocultures—Sweden, China—make me nervous," he says. "But I guess because I've always felt like an outsider, I feel really at home around other outsiders."

Data Store shares an interactive infographic showing what parts of the fret board guitarists from your favorite bands use.

Flavorwire lists the greatest literary nurses.

Pitchfork is streaming the new Future Bible Heroes album, Partygoing (out June 4th).

Win the first book in Anthony Bourdain's new food imprint, The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue, 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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