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November 18, 2015

Shorties (A Shakespeare-Inspired Cocktail Book, A Grimes Mixtape, and more)

Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas

Stream Grimes' mixtape she put together for Pandora.

15 year-end "best books of 2015" lists were added to the Largehearted Boy master aggregation Monday (bringing the total number of lists represented to 218), including Kirkus's best fiction lists and Fortune's books that changed CEO's minds.

Advent calendars for book lovers.

The Guardian on the surge in female music memoirs.

Electric Literature interviewed Kevin Barry about his new novel Beatlebone.

Mercury Rev visited World Cafe for an interview and performance.

The Spectacle interviewed poet Claudia Rankine.

Stream a new Rob Crow song.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewed author Valeria Luiselli.

PopMatters interviewed Iain Cook of the band CHVRCHES.

Crave interviewed Paul Murray about his new novel The Mark and the Void.

Under the Radar interviewed Low frontman Alan Sparhawk.

The 2015 Costa Book Award shortlists have been named.

The Oxford American interviewed Peter Guralnick about his book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll.

Instagram's influence on book sales.

Paste profiled the band Beach Baby.

Karl Ove Knausgaard's acceptance speech for the Welt Literaturpreis.

The difference between engaging with a real neighbor and one in a novel is that the former occurs in the social sphere, within the boundaries of its rules and practical constraints, whereas the latter occurs outside of it, in the reader’s own most private, intimate sphere, where the rules that govern our social interaction do not apply and its practical constraints do not exist. Only there, in that encounter, are we able to see the concept of the social and see exactly what it is. And only there, in that encounter, are we able to see what a human being is outside of that concept, in itself and on its own terms. This space—that is, the novel’s—is idiosyncratic, particular, and singular: in other words, it represents the exact opposite of the media, which strives toward the universal and general.

Where are all the climate change songs?

Read excerpts from finalists for the 2015 Bad Sex in Fiction award.

Nathaniel Rateliff played a Tiny Desk Concert.

Don DeLillo's new novel Zero K will be published in May.

Paste listed the best Stars songs.

Fresh Air and Literary Hub interviewed David Mitchell about is new novel Slade House.

Members of TV on the Radio talked to Speed of Sound about the band's history.

eBooks on sale today:

A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor ($1.99)
Burning Down George Orwell's House by Andrew Ervin ($1.99)
Dahlgren by Samuel R. Delaney ($1.99)
I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them by Jesse Goolsby ($3.99)
The Child in Time by Ian McEwan ($2.99)
Marya: A Life by Joyce Carol Oates ($1.99)
Please Don't Come Back from the Moon by Dean Bakopoulos ($2.99)
Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry by Christine Sneed ($1.99)
Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter ($1.99)
Stand Still Like the Hummingbird by Henry Miller ($1.99)
There Are Little Kingdoms by Kevin Barry ($2.99)
The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff ($1.99)
White Tiger on Snow Mountain by David Gordon ($1.99)
The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora ($2.99)
You Don't Have to Live Like This by Benjamin Markovitz ($1.99)

also at Largehearted Boy:

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

Online "Best of 2015" Book Lists
Essential and Interesting 2015 Year-End Music 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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