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November 11, 2013

Shorties (The IMPAC Prize Longlist, Great Covers of Lou Reed Songs,and more)

152 books have been longlisted for the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Ramona Ausubel, Kim Barnes, Naomi Benaron, Carol Rifka Brunt, Jennifer duBois, Jonathan Evison, Lauren Groff, A.M. Homes, Heidi Julavits, Vincent Lam, Pasha Malla, Emily Perkins, Tanis Rideout, Will Self, Maria Semple, Patrick Somerville, Jeet Thayil, Chika Unigwe, David Vann, and Benjamin Wood.

Paste lists great covers of Lou Reed and Velvet Underground songs.

The Quietus shares an excerpt from Scott McClanahan's new novel Hill William.

The A.V. Club reevaluates the grunge music movement.

Vulture recommends lesser-known literary classics available to download and read for free.

The Quietus revisits the Cocteau Twins' Head Over Heels album 30 years after its release.

The Rumpus interviews author Masha Hamilton.

Singer-songwriter Amos Lee visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Joe Sacco talks to All Things Considered about his new graphic novel The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme.

Slate shares a playlist of every non-Smiths or Morrissey song mentioned in Morrissey's biography.

The Reddit community recommends literary podcasts.

Win three of my favorite 2013 books 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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