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October 2, 2015

Shorties (Books That Were Ahead of Their Time, Pitchfork's Fall Music Preview, and more)

The New Statesman listed books that were ahead of their time.


Pitchfork previewed fall's music releases.


The finalists for the 2015 Cundill Prize for historical non-fiction writing have been named:

Sven Beckert – Empire of Cotton: A Global History
Susan Pedersen – The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire
Bettina Stangneth – Eichmann before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer


Stream a new White Hinterland single.


The Rumpus interviewed author Amy Fusselman.


American Songwriter remembered Townes Van Zandt.


The Guardian profiled author Eileen Myles.


Guernica interviewed author Adrian Tomine.


World Cafe interviewed members of Yo La Tengo.


Speakeasy listed the betting favorites to win the Nobel Prize for literature.


PopMatters wrapped up its list of the top 100 alternative singles of the 1980s.


Watch Salman Rushdie recite Drake lyrics.


The New York Times profiled singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom.


The Independent listed short novels you can read over a weekend.


Mountain Goats bassist Peter Hughes discussed the band's album Beat the Champ with Weld.


Colm Toibin talked books and reading with the New York Times.


Treble listed essential post-black metal albums.



Stream the third and final set of Bjork's Vulnicura remixes.


The Guardian reviewed Jeanette Winterson's The Gap of Time, an adaptation of Shakespeare's play The Winter's Tale.

"Throughout, Winterson's 'cover version', as she calls it, remains very faithful to its source, often with great ingenuity and always with good humour. The pedlar Autolycus, for example, becomes a used-car salesman with a genius for riffs on the Oedipus complex. Shakespearean jokes often fall flat for modern audiences; Winterson provides some updated laugh-out-loud moments (as when Leo takes in a copy of Nuts to show his Kleinian analyst, whose world revolves around the good breast and the bad breast), and some delightful one-liners on everything from the contradictions of capitalism to the way in which Château d'Yquem tastes like golden syrup mixed with mould to the uninitiated."


The top rock documentaries of the last 10 years.


The Missoulian recommended fall books by Western authors.


Flavorwire previewed October's music releases.


At the Guardian, Eimear McBride discussed being a judge for the Goldsmiths prize last year.


Of Monsters and Men visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


The Guardian profiled author Eileen Myles.


Paste recommended songs to pair with tea.


Bustle, BuzzFeed and Yahoo listed October's best new books.


Drowned in Sound interviewed Mark Gardener and Loz Colbert of the band Ride.


Words Without Borders' October issue covers Estonian literature.



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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