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January 16, 2014

Shorties (An Oral History of the Life of V.C. Andrews, The Accordion Renaissance, and more)

BuzzFeed shares an oral history of the life of author V.C. Andrews.

The Atlantic notes the accordion renaissance.

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

My list of major and interesting online year-end music lists

The Paris Review interviews Nicola Griffith about her novel, Hild.

The Huffington Post lists songs with literary references.

HTMLGIANT interviews author Luis Panini.

Willamette Week interviews Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers.

Have you seen the film of [Vlautin's novel] The Motel Life yet? I haven't seen it yet.

I haven't either, and now that you mention it, it's weird, because when they were making it, because completely separate from me knowing Willy a little bit, I was approached by the filmmakers about contributing a song to it. And I recorded a song, but they didn't end up using it. But I've been eager to see it, because I love the book, and I sure hope they do the book justice. It's a great cast, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it'll be good. If I was in a position to make films, which is one of those secret things I always really wanted to do, Lean on Pete is one of the films I'd love to make. I think it would just make an incredible movie. And that was kind of my introduction to Willy's work, that was the first one I read. It kinda, just, devastated me.

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon about her debut novel Nothing.

The Village Voice has released the results of its 2013 Pazz + Jop music poll.

SheWired profiles author Emma Donoghue.

The A.V. Club interviews Sharon Jones about her new album and battle with cancer.

Bookworm interviews German literary critic Denis Scheck.

Flavorwire lists the most anticipated metal albums of 2014.

Simon and Schuster is launching a new science fiction imprint, Simon451, which will include a fiction trilogy co-written by actress Gillian Anderson.

The Record interviews Bruce Springsteen about his new album, High Hopes.

ArtsBeat interviews Coffee House Press publisher Chris Fischbach about poetry.

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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