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November 10, 2014

Shorties (Michael Chabon's Songwriting, An Interview with Sarah Waters, and more)

Michael Chabon talked to the Guardian about collaborating on mark Ronson's new album.

For Chabon, a self-confessed music junkie with favourites ranging from Joni Mitchell and Elvis Costello to Mos Def and Rakim, Ronson's request was a "bolt from the blue. It was something I had never, ever remotely imagined having the opportunity to do at all, even though I am a huge music fan and have been obsessing over lyrics and writing lyrics for my whole life," he said. "But in my mind, it was like saying I had a chance to become an NBA basketball player or something".

The Observer interviewed author Sarah Waters about playwrighting and her latest novel .

38 online "best books of 2014" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy Saturday, including Amazon's best books, Tasting Table's best spirits books, and the Telegraph's best history and war books. profiled author David Bezmozgis.

The Boston Globe profiled singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer.

Dave Eggers talked to the New Yorker about his story in the new issue of the magazine.

The Columbia Chronicle interviewed singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett.

NPR Music is streaming Thompson's album Family.

Ploughshares features writers and their pets.

NPR Music is streaming Mr. Gnome's new album The Heart of a Dark Star.

Salon interviewed author William Gibson.

Musician Herbie Hancock discussed his favorite books at The Week.

Weekend Edition interviewed Jenny Erpenbeck about her new novel The End of Days.

NPR Music is streaming Bryan Ferry's new album Avonmore.

Flavorwire listed new literary publications to watch.

Drowned in Sound interviewed Tim Burgess of The Charlatans.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

List of Online "Best of 2014" Book 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
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)

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