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November 20, 2013

Shorties (A New Chuck Palahniuk Story, Stream Glen Hansard's New EP, and more)

Playboy has a new Chuck Palahniuk short story.

Stream Glen Hansard's new Drive All Night EP at the New York Times.

23 "best of 2003" book lists were added to my master list of online year-end book lists Monday, including Kirkus Reviews' fiction of the year and Australian bookstore chain Bookworld's best books of the year.

Cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco talks about his new book The Great War at the New Yorker.

Stereogum lists the 10 best Sunny Day Real Estate songs.

Airship Daily lists 10 books that will never be adapted into film.

Stream the Arcade Fire's recent BBC Radio 1 session.

NoveList recommends food-centered historical novels.

The Associated Press profiles Dot Wiggin of The Shaggs.

Fresh Air interviews Angelica Huston about her memoir A Story Lately Told.

PopMatters profiles singer-songwriter Zachary Cale.

Cale admires the old-style pickers, but unlike a raft of Takoma-style revivalists, he says he has no interest in making a solo guitar record. “I think some people missed the point about Fahey. Yet, he’s a solo guitar player, but his music is songs. They’re all really memorable. The melodies are so catchy to me,” he explains. “I feel like a lot of these solo guitar things, it’s more about technical ability or drone.”

Entertainment Weekly has chosen Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea as the best YA novel of all time.

C.S. Lewis's 1937 review of The Hobbit.

The publishers claim that The Hobbit, though very unlike Alice, resembles it in being the work of a professor at play. A more important truth is that both belong to a very small class of books which have nothing in common save that each admits us to a world of its own—a world that seems to have been going on long before we stumbled into it but which, once found by the right reader, becomes indispensable to him. Its place is with Alice, Flatland, Phantastes, The Wind in the Willows.

Pac-Man is "like Kafka wrote a Lovecraft story."

Rough Trade has named their albums of the year.

Flavorwire lists famous lost literary works.

SXSW 2014 has announced a second round of participating musical artists.

The A.V. Club shares 17 retellings of the JFK assassination.

Win the new Pok Pok and Roberta's cookbooks 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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