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July 2, 2013

Shorties (Portraits of Famous Literary Characters, Morrissey Reviews 1984 Singles, and more)

Flavorwire lists contemporary artists' portraits of famous literary characters.

Us Vs Th3m collects Morrissey's 1984 Smash Hits singles reviews.

Adam Thirlwell talks to The Skinny about editing McSweeney's #42, which featured 12 stories translated through 18 languages by 16 writers.

"We chose 12 original stories – either unknown stories by famous dead people or by living foreign authors who should be more famous," Thirlwell explains. "Each of these stories was translated in a chain of five or six, going in and out of English. So, a story might start in Spanish, be translated into English, then go into Hungarian, back into English and then into French and back into English finally."

Drowned in Sound lists the best songs of 2013 so far.

Hazlitt examines Joni Mitchell's discography after her classic Blue album.

In distinct and necessary complement to Blue, Mitchell can also claim a string of masterpieces beginning with For the Roses (1972) and arguably ending with Wild Things Run Fast (1982). Here is real aesthetic maturation—a woman who has cast off morbid, diaristic self-reflexivity in favour of a hard, tough look at herself and the world she inhabits, and who has bravely articulated these concerns in an idiosyncratic, elaborate and purposeful musical language.

Biographile recommends biographies of U.S. presidents in peril.

ESPN has a music blog.

The Millions interviews Philipp Meyer about his new novel The Son.

Flavorwire recommends 10 of July's best new albums.

The Rumpus interviews Leigh Newman about her book Still Points North and the challenges of writing memoir.

Artist Eric Fischl talks to Studio 360 about his new memoir, Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas.

Flavorwire ranks television adaptations of Stephen King novels.

Paste lists the best albums of 2013 so far.

Soundcheck's Writers Club features interviews with authors about music and musicians about books this week.

Win Tim Federle's new book of literary cocktails, Tequila Mockingbird, and a dozen Lick'r Lollies lollipops from Spirited 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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