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September 22, 2013

Shorties (The Musical Past and Present of the Sunset Strip, A Reddit Interview with Junot Diaz, and more)

All Things Considered explores the musical past and present of Los Angeles's Sunset Strip.

Author Junot Diaz did an interview with the Reddit community.

The Guardian lists the 10 best books about women.

The Irish Independent profiles Wire's Colin Newman.

Since their seminal debut album Pink Flag was released in 1977, their avant-garde minimalist art-pop has weaved in and out of fashion, usually disappearing just over the electro-indie rainbow. And in Colin Newman they have one of pop's most articulate and eloquent frontmen.

Guernica interviews author Edwidge Danticat.

At the Independent, musicians discuss their favorite Fleetwood Mac album.

The Adirondack Center for Writing shares an interactive literary map of New York state's North Country.

Speakeasy profiles the band CHVRCHES.

Chvrches' bright pop sound roots itself in the sharp melodies of singer Lauren Mayberry, 25, underpinned by the analog synth work of Iain Cook, 38, and Martin Doherty, 30. The band draws from the synth driven music of the 80s, echoing early Depeche Mode and the textures of Jan Hammer’s "Miami Vice" soundtracks.

Drowned in Sound interviews singer-songwriter Allison Goldfrapp.

The Observer kicks off its 100-week project naming the 100 greatest novels written in English.

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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