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June 12, 2013

Shorties (The 10 Greatest Debut Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels, John Vanderslice on His New Album, and more)

Flavorwire lists 10 of the greatest debut science fiction and fantasy novels.

John Vanderslice talks to SF Weekly about his new album, Dagger Beach.

The June edition of Words Without Borders is its fourth annual queer issue.

Biographile lists nine memoirs "that won't make you miss adolescence."

io9 lists the most epic music videos about space travel.

The Guardian shares an excerpt from Iain Banks's final novel.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Jason Isbell about his new album, Southeastern.

Review31 interviews author Ned Beauman.

By writing about characters who are morally dubious and unlikable, are you challenging readers to study our own consciences? Do you think about the politics of a book as a whole when writing?

Mostly I was just so bored of people saying they would have liked my first book more if the characters hadn't been so unsympathetic that in this case I decided to make my protagonist a borderline-paedophile borderline-Holocaust denier. These people who want sympathetic characters in their fiction – do they think of themselves as sympathetic characters too? In other words, do they believe that if a novel was written with complete access to their inner lives, a reader would finish that novel feeling nothing but warmth and fondness for them? I mean, maybe most people do think of themselves in those terms, and so it would be totally unfair for me to call them narcissists.

PopMatters examines the role of hip-hop and social media in Arab protests.

The Guardian lists the top 10 utopias in literature.

Salon excerpts from Michael Streissguth's new book Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris and the Renegades of Nashville.

The Quietus interviews author Irvine Welsh.

NPR Music lists their top albums and songs of the year so far.

NPR Books recommends five great summer reads for teens.

Flavorwire lists the most overhyped albums of 2013 so far.

The Oxford American remembers author Larry Brown.

Stream a new song by Neko Case.

Judy Blume answered questions from the Reddit community.

The CBC interviews legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews Robert Silver, editor of the New York Review of Books since its inception.

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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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