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December 7, 2013

Shorties (New John Ashbery Poems, The Man Behind the Hipster International Playlist, and more)

The American Reader features new John Ashbery poems.


Forbes profiles Sean Parker, curator of the "Hipster International" Spotify playlist.


24 online year-end "best books of 2013" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday, including Library Journal's best memoirs, Bookish's best sports books, Brooklyn Based's best music books, The Guardian's best memoirs, and much more.


Lists added today to my list of online year-end music lists were Flavorwire's most overrated albums, Consequence of Sound's top songs, , and much more.


Tin House interviewed author Laura van den Berg.


The Outlet interviews Jeff Jackson about his novel Mira Corpora and playwrighting.


2014 Grammy nominees have been named.


John Wray interviews Ursula K. Le Guin at the Paris Review.

How do you feel about the term science fiction, as connected to your work?

Well, that’s very complicated, Wray.

I’m sorry. Are you at peace with it? Do you find it reductive?

I don't think science fiction is a very good name for it, but it’s the name that we’ve got. It is different from other kinds of writing, I suppose, so it deserves a name of its own. But where I can get prickly and combative is if I'm just called a sci-fi writer. I’m not. I'm a novelist and poet. Don't shove me into your damn pigeonhole, where I don't fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.


Stephen King is now on Twitter.


Musicians share the best road food of 2013 with Drowned in Sound.


BuzzFeed recommends books for young black feminists.


Noel Gallagher discusses the year in music with Rolling Stone.


The Franz Kafka Videogame.


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
2013 Year-End Online Music 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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