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July 25, 2013

Shorties (Rachel Kushner's Top Books on 1970s Art, How Musicians Helped Integrate Film, and more)

Rachel Kushner lists her top 10 books about 1970s art at the Guardian.

All Things Considered examines how musicians helped integrate film.

The Nervous Breakdown shares an excerpt from Masha Hamilton's novel What Changes Everything.

Rolling Stone lists 15 songs that are 25 years old.

Book Riot recommends books for the reading runner.

The Rumpus interviews author John Brandon.

The music bloggers behind Weird Canada discuss how they are rethinking indie music distribution at blogTO.

Rolling Stone interviews singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor.

Flavorwire shares great moments in musical punctuation.

Bookworm interviews James Kelman about his novel Mo Said She Was Quirky.

Tablet profiles Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, who signed both Madonna and the Ramones to record contracts.

Tiziana lo Porto talks to the Montgomery Advertiser about her graphic novel SuperZelda, which covers the life of Zelda Fitzgerald.

"It's strange because now there is a big Zelda movement, but five years ago no one cared about the 20s," said Porto, who contributes this adoration to Zelda's originality. "I think she was authentic and honest with herself in choosing what she wanted to do. She wanted to do what she did, and I think it's a great thing."

This week in rock history: Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

Donal Ryan, author of the the Booker Prize-longlisted novel The Spinning Heart, talks to the Irish Independent.

"There's not much plot, but people seem to like the characters. It's a very local story but you could say it's universal because this economic crisis and all the austerity is damaging people in small towns not just in Ireland but across Europe."

Win Piper Kerman's memoir Orange Is the New Black 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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