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September 29, 2015

Shorties (Garth Risk Hallberg on His Debut Novel, Cat Power & Jakob Dylan Covered the Turtles, and more)

Vogue profiled author Garth Risk Hallberg.


Stream Cat Power & Jakob Dylan's cover of the Turtles' "You Showed Me."


Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewed Claire Vaye Watkins about her debut novel Gold Flame Citrus.


Stream video of a recent Beirut show at NPR Music.


Six authors reconsidered their debut novels at The Millions.


Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker Interviews Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry at Pitchfork.


Salman Rushdie talked to the Harvard Crimson about his new novel Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights.

"It's the most extreme version of the literature of the fantastic that I’ve attempted," he says. "I think if you’re going to write a book of this type—if you're going to use the fantastic—the reason for doing it is to say something about the world as it is…. I wanted to convey a sense of people feeling somehow the familiar has been dislocated and the unfamiliar rules, and it's as if the rules of the game have changed and people don’t know what the new rules are."


Read an excerpt from Greg Renoff's book Van Halen Rising: How A Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal.


The Irish Times examined the Irish literary boom.


American Songwriter interviewed singer-songwriter Phil Cook.


How do you define trans literature?


Stream a new Philco Fiction song.


The Daily Tar Heel interviewed cartoonist Gene Luen Yang.


The band Carroll visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


The Irish Post recommended Irish books published this year.


NPR Books reviewed Don't Suck, Don't Die, Kristin Hersh's new biography of singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt.


Claudia Rankine's collection Citizen has been awarded the Forward Poetry Prize.


Latitudes shared some of September's best world music.


The Millions profiled this year's literary winners of MacArthur grants.



also at Largehearted Boy:

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

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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