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November 19, 2013

Shorties (Doris Lessing's Best Books, Emily Haines on the New Metric App, and more)

The Guardian lists Doris Lessing's five best books.

Chicagoist interviews Emily Haines of Metric.

Chicagoist: You just released Synthetica Reflections, and you have an app that accompanies it. How did you decide to release an app?

Emily Haines: I don't think it was really a natural progression, actually. I don't think we would have ever been like, "Hey let's put out an app for no reason." We were approached by Scot Snibbe and the whole [Snibbe Stuido] crew who had such beautiful ideas and we thought it was a great opportunity. We're really happy with it. We thought it was an unusual point of view to experience the artwork in a way that you otherwise couldn’t. It's like an updated version of when you get vinyl and open it up. You listen to this record while you look at the pictures and lose yourself in the image. I feel as though what they created with us is an updated version of that experience.

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

The Drunken Odyssey interviews author Matt Bell.

PopMatters profiles musician Spencer Krug (Moonface, Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown).

The New York Times retraces George Orwell's travels in Myanmar.

KQED Pop mourns the end of WFMU's radio program The Best Show.

Financial Times examines the evolution of the Oxford English Dictionary in a digital age.

The Record wonders if emo is back.

New York Magazine recommends new print periodicals.

FACT wonders if new musical artists are sharing too much of their music too soon.

Minor Alps (Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws) visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Flavorwire recommends works of dystopian fiction.

American Laundromat Records has put together I Saved Latin, a Wes Anderson tribute album.

Win the new Pok Pok and Roberta's cookbooks 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)

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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