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August 21, 2013

Shorties (Author David Gilbert on Moby-Dick, Stream Belle and Sebastian's New Rarities Collection, and more)

The Guardian is streaming Belle and Sebastian's rarities album The Third Eye Centre.

Author David Gilbert shares his love for Moby-Dick at The Atlantic.

Hero Complex interviews cartoonist Hope Larson.

HC: Hope, when you’re writing stories for and about young women, do you feel a responsibility to create characters in a particular way? Do you feel that it’s important to give young readers characters who are relatable but also who are positive examples in a way, in that they're smart and resourceful?

HL: I think it's probably something that I think about more, now that I have a few stories under my belt, I'm more interested in writing assertive female characters and take-charge female characters. It's easy to fall into a passive role in general as a writer. Most writers are introverted and sort of shy. It's really easy to write yourself and from now on I want to be writing characters who are going out and really driving their own story a bit more.

Rock It Out! Blog uncovers the secrets behind how restaurants choose their music playlists.

Tin House interviews Jeff Jackson about his forthcoming novel Mira Corpora.

The Guardian wonders if the album app is the next game changer for music.

Weekend Edition interviews David Ewalt about his book Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It.

Grantland interviews Charles Bissell of the Wrens about the band's elusive next album.

Captain's Dead shares a 2007 solo performance by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

Digital Book World lists the top 10 book recommendation platforms.

The A.V. Club lists the least essential albums of 1983.

The Huffington Post recommends 10 Elmore Leonard books.

Pitchfork is streaming Dent May's new album Warm Blanket.

BuzzFeed recommends books that would make perfect wedding presents.

The shortlists for the fiction and nonfiction 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prizes have been announced.

Stream singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks' new album Gone Away Backward at Spin.

Megan Mayhew Bergman has a new story at Medium where readers will choose the character's fate.

Win Marisha Pessl's new novel Night Film 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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