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July 21, 2013

Shorties (Philipp Meyer, OMD, Ebook Mini-Memoirs, and more)

The Observer interviews Philipp Meyer, author of the novel The Son.

Weekend Edition profiles Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark.

"Our whole career,' McCluskey says, "has actually been a 35-year accident. Paul and I started out as two teenagers in the back room of his mom's house, with no musical training, virtually no equipment and just this mad aspiration to do music that was somehow going to be the future. And we had no desire to be a pop group or that would ever be successful or sell records; it was like our little art project. So how we ended up selling millions of records and traveling around the world is still a mystery to us. But we're not complaining anymore."

All Things Considered interviews John Dufresne about his new novel No Regrets, Coyote.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell talk to the Minneapolis Star Tribune about their current musical collaboration.

The Observer notes the new ebook trend of mini-memoirs.

Coming August 13th, LIFE Unseen: Johnny Cash: An Illustrated Biography, a new book about the singer-songwriter.

NPR Books interviews film director Henry Jaglom about his new book My Lunches With Orson.

The Rumpus interviews hip-hop artist and writer Dessa.

The Observer reviews Tao Lin's new novel, Taipei.

With a neat line in offbeat analogy, Lin's writing here is more intricate – even beautiful – than you might expect, and as a portrait of an internet-shaped psyche, it's unmatched.

NPR Music streams a recent Gillian Welch and David Rawlings performance.

Mental Floss lists alternative dictionaries your bookshelf needs.

Win Piper Kerman's memoir Orange Is the New Black and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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