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January 11, 2014

Shorties (E.L. Doctorow on His New Novel, Sarah Silverman on Music, and more)

NPR Books interviews E.L. Doctorow about his new novel Andrew's Brain.

"Some people think of me as a historical novelist — I don't agree with that. I think all novels are about the past, the near past, the far past, some of them have a wider focus and include more of society and recognizable events and people. The historical novel seems to me a misnomer, and many of my books take place in different places, in the Dakotas, or down south in Georgia or the Carolinas, so it's just as valid to call me a geographical novelist as an historical novelist. I think of myself really as a national novelist, as an American novelist writing about my country."

Spin interviewed Sarah Silverman about music.

30 "best books of 2013" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday, including the Arizona Daily Star's best books, Credo Magazine's favorite books, and Kid Lit Reviews' best books.

Lists added today to my list of online year-end music lists include Ad Hoc's favorite songs and albums and more.

The Nervous Breakdown shares an excerpt from Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, by Dani Shapiro.

Rolling Stone profiles Stevie Nicks.

The Airship lists 10 fictional teen girls who are toppling dystopian regimes.

Rosanne Cash visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

Author Kevin Baker recounts anonymously attending a book club reading his book at the New York Times.

BuzzFeed recommends books to read while getting sober.

The Irish Times profiles the band Warpaint.

Warpaint has an infectious, insatiable groove and is an album full of alluring twists and turns that take you down fascinating roads. The mood remains broody and noiresque, but there are liquid, lustrous hooks to hang your hat on, such as in the hypnotic Love Is to Die, Disco // very and Biggy. It's an album to immerse yourself in and savour the confidence of a bunch of musicians hitting their stride.

Flavorwire recommends crooked books for crooked politicians.

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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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