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May 23, 2013

Shorties (The Literary References This Season in Mad Men, A Definitive Oral History of '80s Metal, and more)

Word and Film lists the literary references in Mad Men's current season.


Salon shares a "definitive oral history of '80s metal."


Reuters interviews James Salter about his writing process and new novel, All That Is.


Music Mix interviews the National's frontman, Matt Berninger about the band's new album, Trouble Will Find Me.


CBC Radio profiles the owner of Manhattan's McNally Jackson Books, Sarah McNally.


The Rumpus interviews singer-songwriter Julianna Barwick.


The Paris Review excerpts from the newly published Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985.


SPIN shares an oral history of Daft Punk's first American show.


Fresh Air interviews Jennifer Gilmore about her latest novel, The Mothers.


The Quietus interviews former Girls frontman Christopher Owens about the inspirations behind his solo debut, Lysandre.

What esoteric types of music inspired the songs?

CO: One very specific album was Nico's Chelsea Girl which had flute and classical guitar, and also some Donovan songs. The 'New York City' track was very much influenced by Lou Reed. The last song, the epilogue, was written a year later and is almost a 70s folk rock song, like Glen Campbell's 'Gentle On My Mind' or Harry Nilsson's 'Everybody's Talkin''.


Flavorwire recommends seafaring books for summer reading.


The Current streams a live concert by Rufus Wainwright.


The 2013 Man Booker International Prize has been awarded to Lydia Davis.


Pitchfork lists 20 worthwhile music documentaries streaming online.


Saïd Sayrafiezadeh discusses his favorite short story at Flavorwire.


The Awl interviews Thalia Zedek about the reissue of Come's 11:11 album.


USA Today lists the top 10 young adult books for summer.


Rocks Off lists the five "most insane" bands to see live right now.


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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