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February 16, 2015

Shorties (Philip Levine Remembered, An Interview with Sufjan Stevens, and more)

Poet Philip Levine passed away this weekend.

Pitchfork interviewed singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.

Stream a song from Stevens' forthcoming album.

Stream Father John Misty's cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box."

XOJane recommended YA books written by black women.

The Quietus interviewed musician Noel Gallagher.

CarolineLeavitville interviewed author Tatjana Soli.

The Observer traced the career of Bjork.

The Guardian profiled author Kelly Link.

And she doesn’t have an ideal reader. "I've been thinking about this question for a while and now want to turn it on its head," Link says. "I mean, it makes more sense – doesn't it? – to cast a net as wide as possible when writing stories. I suppose I write stories for people who feel that the world is a strange place, but try to have a sense of humour about it."

Singer-songwriter JD McPherson visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The A.V. Club recommended entry points into the discography of Steve Earle.

Laura van den Berg talked to Weekend Edition about her debit novel Find Me.

When I'm working on a short story, I could duck into a bathroom at a crowded party and write a scene. Which is to say, I can work in a very incremental way, and I can work on a short story virtually anywhere, and there's a chance it might all add up to something worthwhile. I found that I couldn't work on a novel that way at all. I really need so much time to really make headway on a novel. It requires me to disappear from the world, in a way.

Paste recommended snow day albums.

The Observer profiled author Anne Tyler.

NPR Music is streaming THEESatisfaction's new album EarthEE.

T. Geronimo Johnson talked to Weekend Edition about his novel Welcome to Braggsville.

Drowned in Sound interviewed the frontman of the band The Sea Urchins.

Neil Gaiman talked to All Things Considered about his new short fiction collection Trigger Warning.

NPR Music is streaming the new Screaming Females album Rose Mountain.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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

Essential and Interesting 2014 Year-End Music Lists
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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