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November 28, 2013

Shorties (Literary Cocktails, Underrated Psychedelic Bands, and more)

SheKnows shares literary-themed cocktail recipes.

Flavorwire recommends 12 underrated psychedelic bands.

20 online year-end "best books of 2013" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday, including The Telegraph's best sports books, Marie Claire's best books, and Vampire Book Club's best books.

Author Nicola Griffith interviews herself at The Nervous Breakdown.

Chart Attack kicked off its "eight days of Chanukah" with a profile of Yo La Tengo.

Author Roxane Gay answers questions for PEN.

The San Francisco Examiner profiles Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield, who shares the influence of southern literature on her music.

"These songs are much more personal, and from my own experiences," says the vocalist-guitarist. "But at the time I wrote them, I was reading Carson McCullers and Flannery O'Connor, like 'A Good Man is Hard to Find.' And because the songs are based on my life as a young woman in the South, that literature totally resonated with me."

Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang by Jamie Reid has won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year for 2013.

Stereogum ranks Beatles albums from worst to best.

The Outrider podcast interviews author Emily St. John Mandel.

All Songs Considered recommends music streams to soundtrack awkward family gatherings.

The Foyles blog champions the literary history of Wales.

Monkey See questions the aesthetics of Bruce Springsteen album artwork.

PolicyMic lists seven books that capture the young Asian American experience.

Flavorwire lists 2013's most soothing music releases.

Drowned in Sound talks instruments and live setups with the band Dutch Uncles.

The New York Times interviews author Tom Perrotta.

Billboard lists the top Jewish musicians

Flavorwire lists the 10 best books you'll find in every airport bookstore.

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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