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November 3, 2013

Shorties (Free Grateful Dead MP3s, Interviews with George Saunders and Rachel Kushner, and more) is giving away a different Grateful Dead mp3 every day in November.

The National Book Foundation interviewed National Book Award finalists George Saunders and Rachel Kushner.

Weekend Edition shares the history of Paramount Records.

Imagine that all of your favorite music — from to — was released by the same record label. Well, if you were African-American back in the 1920s, odds are that was the case. What makes the story even more interesting is that this record label was launched by a company that made chairs. Its name was Paramount Records and its roster eventually included Ma Rainey, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Ethel waters, Blind Lemon Jefferson— most of the top African-American blues and jazz performers of the day. Despite that firepower, the label folded after just 15 years in business. Now, a new reissue project tries to recapture some of the Paramount magic.

The Asahi Shimbun examines Haruki Murakami's popularity in South Korea.

Drowned in Sound interviews Michael Gira of Swans.

Mental Floss lists published novels that were written during NaNoWriMo.

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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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