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January 20, 2014

Shorties (Novels That Speak Truth to Prejudice, A Stream of the New Dum Dum Girls Album, and more)

BuzzFeed lists 18 novels that "speak truth to prejudice."

NPR Music is streaming the new Dum Dum Girls album, Too True.

32 "best books of 2013" lists were added to my master aggregation yesterday, including The Migrant Bookclub's best books for expats, immigrants, and other vagrants, January Magazine's best books, Paste Magazine's best fiction, and much more.

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

Wwekend Edition interviewed poet Stephen Dunn.

"What good literature has always done is give me the language for the occasion –- a lot of times not, of course –- but I think that the poems that matter to me are the ones that speak to that which cannot easily be said. We're on the verge of understanding, but we finally get the words from the poem or the story or the novel or whatever."

NPR Music is streaming the new Autumn Defense album, Fifth.

The Telegraph profiles author Joyce Carol Oates.

NPR Music is streaming Quilt's new album Held in Splendor.

The Other People podcast interviewed author Hilton Als.

The Quietus looks back on My Bloody Valentine's discography.

The New Yorker interviews Robert Coover about his short story in this week's issue.

PopMatters interviewed Jehnny Beth of the band Savages.

Splitsider recommends 57 books every comedy fan should read.

NPR Music is streaming the new Laura Cantrell album No Way There From Here.

Weekend Edition interviewed Laura Jane Grace about the new Against Me! album Transgender Dysphoria.

Minnesota congressman Keith ellison lists his favorite books at The Week.

NPR Music is streaming the new Hospitality album, Trouble.

The Observer profiled author Hanif Kureishi.

Today, with Kureishi's latest novel, The Last Word, due for publication, it's a good moment to review his record. To the New York Times, he's "a kind of post-colonial Philip Roth"; for the Times, he is one of "50 greatest British writers since 1945". Approaching 60, he has reached the age of honours: a CBE in 2008, plus a characteristic barb ("If it's good enough for Kylie Minogue, it's good enough for Hanif Kureishi"); the PEN/Pinter award in 2010. Like Pinter, he has just sold his manuscripts to the British Library.

The shortlist for the 2014 Nordic Music Prize has been named.

Flavorwire recommends 10 Gothic short stories you can read online right now.

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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