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February 18, 2014

Shorties (Bret Easton Ellis Interviews B.J.Novak, Stream the New St. Vincent Album, and more)

Bret Easton Ellis talks books and acting with B.J. Novak.

NPR Music is streaming St. Vincent's forthcoming self-titled album.

Clash interviews Annie Clark about the album.

SPIN lists Barack Obama's hip-hop moments as president.

Leah Umansky talks to HTMLGIANT about her forthcoming poetry chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream, a collection of poems inspired by Mad Men.

PopMatters interviews Josh Carter of the band Phantogram.

Flavorwire lists authors' favorite musicians.

Lorrie Moore discusses her new story collection Bark with the New York Times.

Drowned in Sound interviewed singer-songwriter John Grant.

Elle interviewed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Why write fiction?

I think it's important to humanize history; fiction can help us remember. A lot of books I've read in the past have been so much more important than textbooks—there is an emotional connection with one particular person. I'm very much of a research-is-important type of fiction writer, even for contemporary fiction. I wrote about blogs in America and I've never blogged. But I read many, many blogs—usually about feminist things, or about race, or about hair.

The A.V. Club is streaming Yellow Ostrich's new Carl Sagan-inspired album Cosmos.

Buzzfeed lists the favorite book of every U.S. president.

NPR Music is streaming The Notwist's Close to the Glass 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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