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July 28, 2013

Shorties (Long-Division Music Poems, Books That Indulge the Senses, and more)

Bob Grumman shares several long-division music poems at Scientific American.

Flavorwire lists 12 books that indulge the senses.

The Bat Segundo Show interviews Gabriel Roth about his new novel The Unknowns.

The Guardian lists science fiction's five best guides to the present.

Queerty recommends six ways to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Madonna's debut album.

Verlyn Klinkenborg talks to Weekend Edition about his new essay collection, More Scenes from the Rural Life.

Rolling Stone remembers singer-songwriter J.J. Cale.

All Things Considered interviews Jenni Fagan about her debut novel The Panopticon.

On Fagan's own experience in foster care

"There's certain elements of this book that do resonate with my upbringing quite strongly and I was able to authenticate the book because of that. I don't think I would have been able write it in the same way if I hadn't grown up in the care system for 16 years. Well, I'm 35 now and I've moved about 32 times, and a lot of that was before the age of 16, and it was very, very, very dislocating."

Weekend Edition profiles legendary musician and arranger Van Dyke Parks.

The Guardian profiles author Neil Gaiman.

"Because I'm so good at making things up, I look at everything else people have made up and say, 'You know – people made that up.' So I believe in the redeeming power of stories, I believe that stories are incredibly important, possibly in ways we don't understand, in allowing us to make sense of our lives, in allowing us to escape our lives, in giving us empathy and in creating the world that we live in."

Win J.K. Rowling's new pseudonymous novel 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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