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January 19, 2014

Shorties (Hugh Howey on Writing Fan Fiction, A 2014 Music Festival Preview, and more)

Author Hugh Howey discusses writing fan fiction at Slate.

SPIN previews 2014's music festivals.

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

The Guardian interviews former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins about his forthcoming instrumental album.

The Observer interviews E.L. Doctorow about his new novel Andrew's Brain.

Weekend Edition profiles singer-songwriter David Dondero.

The Asahi Shimbun continues its series on author Haruki Murakami with a profile of a Tokyo cafe where the writer's fans gather.

Weekend Edition interviews Jay Cantor about his new short fiction collection, Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka.

Greg Kot talks to All Things Considered about his new book I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway.

BuzzFeed interviews Gary Shteyngart about his memoir Little Failure.

The Wall Street Journal notes that commercial radio stations are featuring less variety in the music they play compared to 10 years ago.

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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