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September 21, 2013

Shorties (An Interview with Marilynne Robinson, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats on Goats, and more)

Vice interviews author Marilynne Robinson.

How can we—your students—improve ourselves as writers?

It's hard to talk about something like that without sounding prescriptive, but I think that there's a reluctance in all writers in early stages of their development to really commit themselves to trust their interests as being actually focused on things that are interesting. To realize that they do not have to talk in the same dialect that is being talked around them, in terms of literary convention and all the rest of it.


Modern Farmer interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats about goats.


Stephen King talks to the Guardian about his novel Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, the Twilight series, and alcoholism.


Paste is streaming Sarah Jarosz's new album Build Me Up from Bones.


The L Magazine pairs book with Brooklyn bars.


Stereogum interviews Elvis Costello.


Fortune notes the indie bookstore resurgence,


The Telegraph lists five of the best coming of age novels.


Typhoon visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


Flavorwire gleans 15 things you didn't know about '90s Nickelodeon from the book Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age.


My new favorite thing: Death By Audio's Live at DBA Flexi Book, which is filled with indie rock Flexidisc recordings.


Author Kevin Brockmeier shares his love for singer-songwriter Iris Dement, specifically her album My Life, at the Oxford American.


The Quietus lists 13 albums "to play on the home stereo at 4am when in either a state of psychological or moral dishevelment."


Venezuela has published an illustrated edition of its constitution for schoolchildren.


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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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