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September 29, 2013

Shorties (Haim on Books, An Excerpt from Dave Eggers' New Novel, and more)

Stereogum interviews Este Haim of the musical trio Haim about the band's literary interests and other things.

STEREOGUM: Which books influenced your album?

HAIM: All three of us are big into Bukowski and Fante, who was one of Bukowski's biggest influences. He wrote about LA's Angel’s Flight in Ask The Dust. We could pick something off the wall and write about it. I mean, we've had our share of relationships, some good, some bad, you have to take something away and some of those relationships are in our songs, but there's no Taylor Swift shenanigans going on. There's no … what’s the Jewish equivalent? Oh yeah there’s no Dear Shlomo on the album.


The New York Times features an excerpt from Dave Eggers' new novel The Circle.


On the albums' 20th anniversary, Grantland makes the case that Counting Crows' August and Everything After is as meaningful as Nirvana's In Utero.


The Quietus interviews members of the band Young Knives.


All Things Considered interviews Shahan Mufti about his new book The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War.


The Asahi Shimbun kicks off a series of articles on author Haruki Marukami.


Musician Dave Stewart shares some of his favorite cultural items with the Observer.


Author Anne Sward recommends three novels featuring Nordic summer at NPR Books.


Weekend Edition profiles the band CHVRCHES.


This Reddit community collects literature videos and documentaries.


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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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