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October 3, 2013

Shorties (Jesmyn Ward on Her New Memoir, Molly Crabapple on Art and Journalism, and more)

Biographile interviews Jesmyn Ward about her new memoir Men We Reaped.

Molly Crabapple discusses art and journalism in the internet age.

The Nashville Scene profiles the band Phoenix.

The Guardian lists the top 10 true crime books.

The Skinny shares an A-Z list of Scottish musical artists.

The Source lists the most referenced television gangsters referenced in hip hop.

Drowned in Sound profiles the band Peace.

So, what's so great about Peace? In essence, In Love, is an upchuck of shoegaze and Britpop with a bit of Foals' assured unit selling math rock thrown in for good measure. Their sound and look sits nicely on a sterilised Topshop/man playlist next to the recent glut of other bands that have sloppily raided their parents' Shine CDs, grown out their hair and bought a chorus pedal.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the discography of Frank Black/Black Francis.

Bookworm interviews Rebecca Solnit about her new book The Faraway Nearby.

My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields on Britpop as a government conspiracy:

"Britpop was massively pushed by the government," he said. "Someday it would be interesting to read all the MI5 files on Britpop. The wool was pulled right over everyone's eyes there."

Adelle Waldman considers the role of female beauty in fiction in the New Yorker.

Cold War Kids visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Every Writer's Resource lists the top 50 literary magazines.

The Christian Science Monitor previews October's 10 best books.

WTF with Marc Maron interviews Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets.

Flavorwire interviews author Elizabeth Gilbert.

Pitchfork is streaming the new of Montreal album Lousy with Sylvanbriar.

Win Louisa Shafia's cookbook The New Persian Kitchen and Rosie Schaap's memoir Drinking With Men 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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