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September 20, 2013

Shorties (A Fictional Morrissey Autobiography, New Novels That Explore Internet Dystopia, and more)

The Quietus shares a (fictional) autobiography of Morrissey.

"It was 1982. A once-proud and grey England had been turned into a gaudy hell of discotheques and plastic enjoyment that said nothing about me or my bedroom. Diana Ross and reggae had taken over the country, just as Mrs Thatcher wanted, swamping the charts. "

io9 lists new novels that explore "internet dystopia."

Sting talks books with the New York Times.

Stereogum lists the 10 best Frightened Rabbit songs

Pitchfork shares an oral history of the Wrens.

The Rumpus interviews Adelle Waldman about her debut novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Stereogum interviews singer-songwriter Zola Jesus.

Paul Harding discusses John Cheever's writing at The Atlantic.

The band Typhoon recommends a St. Louis restaurant at Turntable Kitchen.

Fresh Air interviews Evan J. Mandery about his new book, A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America.

The Baltimore Sun profiles Washed Out's Ernest Greene.

So when it came to write and record his sophomore album, August's "Paracosm," he looked to push back against preconceived notions that he was a gimmick artist simply relying on computer programs in his bedroom. On "Paracosm," Greene — whose live show has morphed from a DJ to a full-band setup over recent tours — blends his trademark synthetic sounds with live drums, bass and guitar. The result is a noticeable-but-not-jarring addition of depth and texture to Washed Out.

13.7: Cosmos and Culture lists 10 highlights from Richard Dawkins' new memoir, An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.

Drowned in Sound interviews the members of Au Revoir Simone about the band's new album, Move in Spectrums.

The Culture Trip recommends 10 of the best Jamaica writers.

Flavorwire lists Jarvis Cocker's 50 best lyrics.

The New York Times is streaming the new Oh Land album, Wishbone .

The Telegraph lists the top 10 Stephen King books.

Win the new Woodrow Wilson biography and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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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