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October 23, 2013

Shorties (Writing Advice from YA Authors, An Oral History of Elliott Smith, and more)

Young adult fiction authors share writing tips at the Atlantic.

Pitchfork shares an oral history of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith.

Pitchfork is streaming the new Los Campesinos! album No Blues.

Slate reviews the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic novel memoir Fun Home.

Stereogum ranks Joni Mitchell albums from worst to best.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Mike Doughty.

The Rumpus interviews Monica Drake about her novel The Stud Book.

All Things Considered profiles the band The 1975.

While the band is rooted in the present with its current success, its throwback influence goes beyond its name. Lead singer Matthew Healy says The 1975 was inspired by the 1980s — specifically, '80s teen movies.

NPR Books interviews Gene Luen Yang about his new graphic novel Boxers & Saints.

Boxers & Saints is a wrenching read — having finished it, I feel like the only reason it's in the YA category is that it features teen characters. How did you approach the story when you were writing it? Who's it for?

My main goal with all my comics is to tell a story compelling enough to get the reader from the first page to the last. I don't think about age demographics all that much during my process. The age demographics get figured out later. That said, I think my graphic novels fit pretty well in the YA category. Author Marsha Qualey says that an equation lies at the heart of all YA: Power + Belonging = Identity. That describes my stories, including Boxers & Saints. My characters long for power and belonging because they're figuring out their place in the world, their identities.

King Khan and the Shrines visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Scratch interviews author Jonathan Franzen about his early days as a writer and the state of publishing.

Spin is streaming the new Widowspeak EP, The Swamps.

Author Joanna Trollope lists five great books about Jane Austen at the Telegraph.

Supper Studio is an NYC event series that combines food and music.

Win books by Jessica Francis Kane and Rachel Cohen 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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