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January 18, 2014

Shorties (Amistead Maupin on the Last Tales of the City Novel, Sharon Jones on Her New Album, and more)

NPR Books interviews Armistead Maupin about his new novel The Days of Anna Madrigal, the final book in his Tales of the City series.

Read an excerpt from the book.


Rolling Stone interviews Sharon Jones about her new album and battle with cancer.


The master aggregation of "best books of 2013" lists.


Chang-rae Lee talks to the Guardian about his new novel On Such a Full Sea.

"So much of this book is the narrator talking about freedom, but it's not political freedom. It's freedom of imagination. Freedom of the soul, somehow. And all these people are trapped; the counties people are trapped in chaos and neglect."


Fiona Duncan examines the modern evolution of reading at Hazlitt.


Author Roddy Doyle will work with soccer star Roy Keane on his memoir.


Panel Patter interviews cartoonist MariNaomi.


The Airship quiz on famous authors' odd jobs.


VICE interviews author Chuck Palahniuk.


The band Blitzen Trapper visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.


BuzzFeed recommends 10 formative books every gay man should read.


Stream a new song by Beck, off his new album Morning Phase (out February 25th).


Google's interactive map of the history of modern music.


All Things Considered interviews Richard Powers about his new novel Orfeo.

"The great beauty of being a novelist is that you can spend three or four or five years vicariously pursuing those imaginary Walter Mitty-like lives that you never got to pursue in the real world. I do have a stack of youthful compositions sitting on the bottom of my closet, so it was a great pleasure to spend these years working on this book — not just rediscovering the 20th century and this avant-garde tradition, but also to imagine myself into the life of somebody who sees and hears and feels the world through sound."


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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
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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