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November 30, 2013

Shorties (Classic Scottish Literature, Kristin Hersh on the New Throwing Muses Album, and more)

The OUPblog recommends Scottish classic literature.

Kristin Hersh discusses the new Throwing Muses album with Rolling Stone.

25 online year-end "best books of 2013" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday, including The Times Literary Supplement's books of the year, The Telegraph's best art books, plus many more.

Author Kelcey Parker interviews herself at The Nervous Breakdown.

The Columbia Daily Tribune interviews Shearwater's Lucas Oswald about the band's new album, Fellow Travelers.

USA Today profiles companies profiting from the growth in self-publishing.

Flavorwire recommends five new albums out in December.

OUPblog interviews author Mohsin Hamid.

Along with a commentary on globalization, your novel How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia has an environmental message to it. The protagonist (the “you” of the story) is an enterprising young man who makes a fortune by selling filtered tap water as high-end mineral water, taking advantage of one of the many challenges facing growing urban centers in Asia. As a follow-up to the last question, are there any other social issues in this region that you would like to see more fiction writers address in their work? Are there pressing issues that they have so far shied away from, in your opinion? Any genres you’d like to see Pakistani writers explore, such as science fiction?

Mohsin Hamid: I’m a reader at least as much as I’m a writer. And as a reader I look for many things. Politics can be one of those things, but isn’t always. I look for language, for form. And also for plot. A rip-roaring yarn, well-written, is always a pleasure to read. I’m very intrigued by the new, by what I haven’t seen done before. And so, yes, good science fiction from Pakistan would be very exciting to me.

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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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