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February 11, 2014

Shorties (A Sherlock Holmes Roleplaying Game, An Interview with Elvis Costello, and more)

Baker Street is a roleplaying game where you become Sherlock Holmes.

American Songwriter interviewed Elvis Costello.

Jennifer Clement talks to the Telegraph about her novel Prayers for the Stolen and the power of literature to effect political and social change.

The Quietus reconsiders XTC's Oranges & Lemons album 25 years after it was released.

The Nervous Breakdown shared an excerpt from Dorthe Nors' new short story collection Karate Chop.

Stereogum reexamines Kanye West's The College Dropout album 10 years after it was released.

The Telegraph profiled author Irvine Welsh.

Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega played a Tiny Desk Concert.

McSweeney's interviewed Bill Cotter about his new novel The Parallel Apartments.

Flashback: SPIN's 1995 cover story on Kim Deal.

The Airship lists 50 books about love for people who hate romantic comedies.

On sale today for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: the 100-track Ray Charles greatest hits album Gold Singer.

The Guardian lists the best books set in Mumbai.

Esquire searched out the jazz club that Haruki Murakami once owned in Tokyo.

Flavorwire recommends sexy books for Valentine's Day.

The A.V. Club looked back on the state of punk music in 1996.

Saigoneer looked back on the Saigon of author Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American.

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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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