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February 9, 2014

Shorties (A New William S. Burroughs Biography, Alexandre Desplat on His Philomena Score, and more)

The Observer reviews Barry Miles' new book Call Me Burroughs: A Life.

Miles acknowledges the savagery of Burroughs, whose "cut-up" method of collaging texts was applied to his personal relationships: he once remorselessly cut up his old friend Ginsberg, shredding him with his tongue not a blade. But this book is a corrective to earlier, more freakish accounts, and it made me wonder whether Burroughs was less a writer than a performer, adept at transforming his kinks into black comedy.

Alexandre Desplat talks to All Things Considered about his score for the film Philomena.

io9 lists the most unusual alternative history novels ever published.

Stream the National's recent Sydney performance.

Rolling Stone interviews Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! about the band's future.

The University of Central Lancashire has launched a Self-Publishing Masters Program (via).

Hypebot explains how musicians can get their music on the Pandora streaming music service.

Isak shared a couple of poems by Maxine Kumin, who passed away Thursday.

Brain Flapping explains the science behind why we judge others based on their musical tastes.

Marcel Theroux talks to Weekend Edition about his novel Strange Bodies.

...I think that everyone who loves books has experienced the feeling of being taken over by another mind. And I suppose one of the things I wanted to do in the book was celebrate the act of reading, which is such a mysterious and not sufficiently remarked upon transaction between two consciousnesses, only one of which needs to be alive.

Neptune Pink Floyd shares a collection of the band's demo recordings for its Animals album.

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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 and 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)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)

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