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July 10, 2013

Shorties (A Definitive Guide to the Works of Roberto Bolano, Titus Andronicus Covers Icona Pop, and more)

The Millions offers a definitive guide to the works of author Roberto Bolano.

Titus Andronicus covers Icona Pop's hit single "I Love It."

Montana Public Radio interviews David Shields about his book, How Literature Saved My Life.

PopMatters looks back on King Crimson's musical career.

"Although it was already suggested that Pink Floyd is the archetypal prog-rock band ("Pink Floyd: The Prog Rock Archetype", 08 May 2013), an equally compelling case could be made for King Crimson. By practically any criteria, King Crimson has always epitomized everything we talk about when we talk about prog. Only more so."

The Telegraph shares a literary guide to Australia.

NPR Music streams a playlist of songs from 1963 inspired by the civil rights movement.

All Things Considered interviews Chuck Klosterman about his new book, I Wear The Black Hat.

On whether it's problematic for him to write a book about villainy and a column about ethics

"As the Ethicist [columnist], I'm looking at other people's problems, and I do think I am good at looking at other people's problems objectively and rationally and saying, 'This is what [an] ethical person would do.' I'm very rarely arguing, 'This is what I would do,' because I don't know what I would do."

Salon reviews the book.

Deceptive Cadence lists American symphonies that feature electric guitars.

The A.V. Club lists songs about specific ships.

PBS NewsHour interviews Colum McCann about his novel TransAtlantic.

Consequence of Sound features an oral history of the band Big Star.

The Boston Globe examines the effect John Cleland's novel Fanny Hill had on censorship in American publishing.

The band Tunng offers a track-by-track breakdown of its new album Turbines at Drowned in Sound.

Rookie interviews Judy Blume.

That book, like so many of your novels, has been continually banned and challenged by school districts. You've gotten so much flak over the years for being so honest about teenage girls' lives. Did the criticism ever get to you? Did you ever question whether you were doing the right thing?

I never questioned what I was doing. Questioning is one thing—I always welcome thoughtful questioning—but this was virulent hatred from people who had never read my books. This was craziness.

The people who came after me in the '80s were religious zealots. After that we went from extreme right-wing religious zealots to some extreme left-wing zealots who wanted to remove Huck Finn [from libraries]. If you listen to all these people, pretty soon you won’t have anything left. When you start telling readers what they can read and what they can't, or teachers what they can teach and what they can't, you’re on dangerous ground.

The Washington Post reviews Jay-Z's new album, Magna Carta...Holy Grail.

"Throughout 'Magna Carta,' the 43-year-old pretends he’s a threat to a system he’s so eagerly become a part of, as if his life as a champion capitalist is some perpetually escalating act of subversion. Hooray? Rooting for this man in 2013 is like rooting for Pfizer. Or PepsiCo. Or PRISM."

The Millions has nine English scholars choose the "great American novel."

Flavorwire lists great unreleased music documentaries.

Daily Candy lists 14 books "that save brain cells this summer."

Pandora is streaming the new Pet Shop Boys album, Electric.

Pixies frontman Black Francis reads J.Otto Siebold's children's picture book Lost Sloth.

The Wall Street Journal is streaming Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age, a covers album of songs by the band, sung by women.

Book Riot lists five hypothetical bookish summer camps.

The Shondes have a video trailer for their new album, The Garden (out September 17th).

Brooklyn Magazine lists the 10 best summer books by Brooklyn authors.

Win Michelle Tea's new YA novel Mermaid in Chelsea Creek 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)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
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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