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September 10, 2013

Shorties (The Man Booker Prize Shortlist, An Oral History of The Wrens' Meadowlands Album, and more)

The 2013 Booker Prize shortlist has been named.


Stereogum shares an oral history of one of my favorite albums, Meadowlands by the Wrens.


The Telegraph lists the five best dogs in literature.


Pitchfork profiles nine underground cassette tape labels.


McSweeney's shares an excerpt from its newest Voice of Witness book, High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing.


Stereogum ranks Tom Waits albums from worst to best.


Fresh Air interviews Jonathan Lethem about his new novel Dissident Gardens.


PopMatters interviews Van Dyke Parks about the music of Harry Nilsson.


Salon interviews Margaret Atwood about her new novel MaddAddam.


Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic share memories of recording Nirvana's album Nevermind at All Songs Considered.


The Date Report lists the 12 best dates in fiction.


The Gameological Society traces the rise and fall of the videogame Rock Band.


The Guardian recommends the best books on Indonesia.


Consequence of Sound lists the 40 most anticipated music releases for the rest of 2013.


Joe Hill talks about writing comics with USA Today.


The Arcade Fire has shared an interactive video.


Flavorwire ranks Tolstoy characters.


The band CHVRCHES visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


Win The New J.D. Salinger biography and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.


Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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