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November 7, 2013

Shorties (A New Song by The National, Bookworm Interviews Alice McDermott, and more)

Stream a new song by the National, "Lean," from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.

Bookworm interviews Alice McDermott about her novel Someone.

Members of the band The Darcys talk literary inspiration (specifically, Cormac McCarthy's novel Blood Meridian) with the Georgia Straight.

"There were early moments where we put some twang into things, but that seemed too simple or literal," Marskell says. "A lot of what makes McCarthy so wonderful for me is the internal workings of the individual characters and the depth of those characters. So we're trying to create internal spaces and monologues musically, instead of some soundtrack for riding a dusty trail in El Paso."

Laurie Anderson remembers Lou Reed at Rolling Stone\.

At Creative Loafing Atlanta, Blake Butler ponders the definition of "literary success."

Stereogum lists the 10 best M.I.A. songs.

The shortlist for the annual Bad Sex Award has been named.

Spin recommends forthcoming albums you can stream online.

BBC News ponders teenagers' "angst canon" of books.

Weekly Alibi profiles the band Melt Banana.

As always, Onuki’s barking vocals and often-nonsensical lyrics walk a perverse line between painful and playful. “I like songs which are cute,” Onuki said. “I guess it is like a dessert.” Her hyper-staccato delivery is used more as a musical device than for conveying meaning, but her chirpy voice lends a fun side to the noisy band.

Margaret Atwood reviews Dave Eggers' novel The Circle at The New York Review of Books.

Fresh Air interviews the music director for the television series Boardwalk Empire.

Two Dollar Radio publisher Eric Obenauf calls out the National Book Foundation for its National Book Award for fiction longlist at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

The Pitchfork Review Generator

Thought Catalog recommends nine "mind-expanding" readable books of philosophy.

Win Roy Choi's new memoir L.A. Son and Danny Cohen's cookbook The Macaroon Bible in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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)

Online "Best of 2013" Book Lists

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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