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September 26, 2013

Shorties (An Interactive Timeline of Literary Censorship, The Most Vital 4AD Debut Albums, and more)

The PEN American Center shares an interactive timeline of literary censorship, destruction, and liberation.

Drowned in Sound continues its week celebrating 4AD Records with a list of the five most vital debut albums on the label.

Author David Schickler interviews himself at The Nervous Breakdown.

Garden and Gun visits Nashville's Johnny Cash Museum.

Flavorwire lists 20 great American cities for writers that aren't New York.

Stereogum interviews Frankie Rose about her new album, Herein Wild.

Hobart interviews author Robert Boswell.

Aquarium Drunkard points out the streaming documentary about The Fall: The Wonderful And Frightening World Of Mark E Smith .

The Nervous Breakdown shares an excerpt from Laura Krughoff's new novel My Brother's Name.

Bookworm interviews composer Van Dyke Parks.

The Story Prize interviews author George Saunders.

Author and singer-songwriter Alina Simone discusses why she is no longer releasing music at the New York Times.

"My indie wasn’t run by Benz-driving executives but rather passionate music lovers who invested in art that moved them. This tier of the industry was pretty much knocked out by music piracy. Kickstarter, many seem to think, is its logical replacement. Now musicians can raise money to make an album from their fans (if the old model already made them famous) or from their friends and family (if not). What’s less discussed is how this mechanism naturally winnows out the artists who lack the ability, confidence or desire to publicly solicit donations."

Smithsonian Magazine examines why author Albert Camus is unknown in his home country of Algeria.

The Record lists 10 great rap release dates of the 1990s.

The Daily Circuit talks to two Jane Austen scholars about her literary legacy.

On sale today for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Nirvana's Nevermind album.

Sports Illustrated shares William Faulkner's impressions of his first hockey game.

To the innocent, who had never seen it before, it seemed discorded and inconsequent, bizarre and paradoxical like the frantic darting of the weightless bugs which run on the surface of stagnant pools. Then it would break, coalesce through a kind of kaleidoscopic whirl like a child's toy, into a pattern, a design almost beautiful, as if an inspired choreographer had drilled a willing and patient and hard-working troupe of dancers—a pattern, design which was trying to tell him something, say something to him urgent and important and true in that second before, already bulging with the motion and the speed, it began to disintegrate and dissolve.

Mashable recommends music discovery tools.

Flavorwire lists 12 coming of age novels better than Catcher in the Rye.

Win the new anthology xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths 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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