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October 8, 2015

Shorties (The 100 Top Science Fiction and Fantasy Books, Stream Josh Ritter's New Album, and more)

Amazon listed the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books.

NPR Music is streaming Josh Ritter's new album Sermon on the Rocks.

Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

NPR Music is streaming the new Small Black album Best Blues.

British poets shared their favorite poems at BuzzFeed.

NPR Music is streaming Chris Walla's solo debut album Tape Loops.

Author Debra Monroe interviewed herself at The Nervous Breakdown.

Read an excerpt from the book.

Diane Coffee visited World Cafe for a live performance and interview.

The Muse interviewed Sandra Cisneros about her new memoir A House of My Own.

NPR Music is streaming Son Little's self-titled album.

Anna March's newest "reading mixtape" lists books about water.

Entropy reconsidered Sonic Youth's Bad Moon Rising album 30 years after its release.

Joshua Cohen is writing an online serialized novel, PCKWCK.

Singer-songwriter Graham Parker discussed his favorite albums at The Quietus.

The Millions interviewed author Ann Beattie.

SPIN profiled the band Tacocat.

Feminism is a frequent theme running through Tacocat albums — and, more recently, interviews. McKenna, who also plays in the DIY punk trio Childbirth, didn't mind addressing gender equality during the previous album's promotional cycle, and she probably won't mind it in the next. "I think it's interesting that we're in a bit of a middle era where we talk about female issues — like, we're asked about it a lot," she says. "I just have to wave that flag all the time. I think that would be cool if that was not the case, but sexism is not over. I enjoy talking about it because it feels like change. And it’s better than just being asked about your hair or your make-up."

Lit Hub shared an excerpt from Patrick deWitt's novel Undermajordomo Minor.

Beach House is releasing a new album next week.

The Telegraph examined the rise in popularity of "boomer lit."

The Record interviewed musician David Gilmour and his wife, author Polly Samson, about their musical collaborations.

Bookworm interviewed Jonathan Franzen about his novel Purity.

Deceptive Cadence explored the diverse musical projects of cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Flavorwire interviewed jay Parini about his new book Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal.

Paste profiled the band Palehound.

Asymptote interviewed author Valeria Luiselli.

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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