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October 10, 2013

Shorties (Alice Munro Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature, Kevin Barnes on of Montreal's Sylvia Plath-Inspired Album, and more)

Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Rolling Stone interviews of Montreal frontman Kevin Banes about the band's new Sylvia Plath-inspired album Lousy with Sylvianbriar.

Lizzie Skurnick is curating a captivating collection of essays and short fiction at Open Ticket.

Stereogum interviews Alexis Kraius of Sleigh Bells on the band's new album Bitter Rivals.

The Nervous Breakdown interviews author Noah Cicero.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Julianna Barwick.

The Rumpus interviews Jesmyn Ward about her memoir Men We Reaped.

Bookworm interviews Alexander Maksik about his new novel A Marker to Measure Drift.

The Georgia Straight interviews George Packer about his new book The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.

Tablet profiles author Tama Janowitz.

The books are meticulously plotted, beautifully illustrated satire in which, as the brother of her mother's best friend once remarked after reading through Janowitz's nine books, "First, something bad happens. Then, something even worse happens. And then, something even really worse happens, and then the book is over." Janowitz's response? "That’s about the nicest thing anybody could ever say! And one week later, this guy was at a play, and he stood up to applaud the play and he had a heart attack and died. And I thought, just after that compliment, he dies. You know?"

Blitzen Trapper visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco talks to the Guardian about his new graphic novel, The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme.

World Cafe features members of Pearl jam in conversation with Judd Apatow.

Flavorwire lists then50 scariest books of all time.

Made of Stone is a new Stone Roses documentary, opening November 6th in the U.S.

Win 4 And Other Stories books 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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