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January 29, 2014

Shorties (An Interview with Ben Marcus, Neil Halstead on the Slowdive Reunion, and more)

Full Stop interviewed author Ben Marcus.

Neil Halstead talked to The Quietus about the Slowdive reunion.

Teju Cole talks to Tell Me More about writing a short story via Twitter.

SF Weekly profiles The Magik*Magik Orchestra and its founder Minna Choi.

It is, as Choi imagined while a master's student in composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, an orchestra that comes made-to-order. It is also a living advertisement for the power of traditional instrumentation. In a world where classical music is routinely dismissed as dead or dying, Magik*Magik is a reminder of the unique tones and dynamics that cellos, violins, oboes, French horns, and other classical instruments can lend that others simply can't.

Stereogum interviews James Mercer and Danger Mouse about the new Broken Bells album After the Disco.

Litro shares an excerpt from Glen Duncan's new novel By Blood We Live.

The Upward Spiral podcast interviews Alina Simone about the pressures of being an indie musician.

The Millions interviews Rebecca Mead about her new book My Life in Middlemarch.

The Observer talks to editors of thriving music zines.

Folk Alley recommends Pete Seeger songs for singalongs.

Flavorwire lists 10 of Seeger's iconic performances.

Horatio Clare lists his favorite maritime novels at the Telegraph.

Conor Oberst interviewed actor Oscar Isaac about his role in the film Inside Llewyn Davis (a part Oberst himself auditioned for) at Interview Magazine.

At BuzzFeed, Jerry Stahl lists the "junkiest books about drugs."

The Rumpus interviewed Stahl.

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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