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February 16, 2014

Shorties (Haruki Murakami's Fascination with Libraries, A Radiohead Tasting Menu, and more)

As part of its ongoing series on Haruki Murakami and his works, the Asahi Shimbun examined the author's fascination with libraries in his fiction.

A Detroit chef is serving a 10-course tasting menu inspired by Radiohead's Kid A album, pairing each song with a dish.

"The menu pairs album opener 'Everything In Its Right Place' with pan-seared diver scallop, yuzu fluid gel, fried cellophane noodle, lemongrass ponzu, and chili oil, accompanied by a glass of Pfalz Riesling. 'Kid A' is paired with black caprese and a glass of Alto Adige Kerner. “The National Anthem” sounds particularly tasty, as it’s paired with pan-seared lamb chops and crispy pig ear with a blood orange reduction."

Book Riot shares a book lover's guide to Minnesota's Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Fuse shares a guide to beck's new album, Morning Phase (out February 25th).

Weekend Edition interviewed Jerome Charyn about his new book, I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War.

Publishing Perspectives examined the positive effect of television and film adaptations on classic book sales.

">Pitchfork interviewed Sub Pop Records co-founder Bruce Pavitt about his new photo book, Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989.

The Boston Globe interviewed poet Billy Collins.

BOOKS: Which poets do you read?

COLLINS: Mostly poets I already know. I've been reading a lot of E.E. Cummings and Edna St. Vincent Millay. I always go back to Philip Larkin. I've lost interest in finding the cutting edge, if there still is one. When I became poet laureate I was in a slightly uncomfortable position because I think a lot of poetry isn't worth reading.

All Things Considered interviewed pianist Danilo Perez about his new album Panama 500, which covers Panama's history.

The Guardian pondered the abundance of nuns in fiction.

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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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