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October 30, 2015

Shorties (Salman Rushdie Profiled, Stream Bob Dylan's New Bootleg Series Box Set, and more)

The Chicago Tribune profiled author Salman Rushdie.

"I figure writing is not worth doing if you are not taking risks," he said. "Otherwise nothing interesting will happen. There is in the process a lot of trial and error. I take various routes and then might abandon them. I do hope that every novel I write represents some sort of new direction for me, an expression of things I haven't done before. Now there is nothing wrong with the sort of things that (the late) Jackie Collins wrote. They are pleasurable for a moment. But the kinds of books I write are meant to last a little while."

NPR Music is streaming the new Bob Dylan box set The Cutting Edge 1965 - 1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12.

At The Hairpin, Marie-Helene Bertino discussed her favorite literary heroines.

The Barnes and Noble Review interviewed Elvis Costello about his new memoir Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.

A literary history of witches.

Stream a new Electric Light Orchestra song.

Fiction Writer's Review interviewed author Justin Taylor.

Warren Zanes talked to World Cafe about his new Tom Petty book, Petty: The Biography.

The Rumpus interviewed author Kate Bolick.

Marc Maron's WTF podcast interviewed Steve Albini.

The Irish Times profiled author Colm Toibin.

Stream a new Grimes song.

Elle profiled innovative author Lauren Redniss.

"My anxiety is about timeā€¦that time is slipping away too quickly," says Lauren Redniss, who is, in no particular order: a reporter, a painter, a social historian, a biographer, and a feminist who creates stories and tableaux that are published as books, which are at once sexual and prim, grotesque and romantic, scientific and soft. "I always felt like I needed to hold on to things because they might slip away, and that impulse was stronger than any other fear," she says. "So I made sure I was always drawing and writing and recording things, and it became natural to put them together in some way."

Reverb profiled the band Heartless Bastards.

The New York Times profiled author Sloane Crosley.

Billboard interviewed Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers.

Noisey interviewed Norwegian singer-songwriter Farao.

Author Michael Seidlinger on social media at BuzzFeed.

Dazed shared a Halloween playlist.

BuzzFeed recommended new autumn books.

Paste listed the best Old 97's songs.

The Oxford American interviewed Alex Mar about her new book

Beach Slang's James Alex compiled the perfect teen movie soundtrack for Flavorwire.

eBooks on sale today:

Alice Hoffman's Fortune's Daughter ($1.99)
Daniel Levine's Hyde ($1.99)
Jean Thompson's The Year We Left Home ($2.99)
Jeffrey Renard Allen's Song of the Shank ($2.99)
Joyce Carol Oates' Bellefleur ($1.99)
Richard Ford's Canada ($2.99)
Stacey D'Erasmo's Wonderland ($2.99)
Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery ($2.99)
Will Wiles' Care of Wooden Floors ($1.99)

Nathaniel Rateliff visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

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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