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February 8, 2016

Shorties (Alison Bechdel's Favorite Books, Spike Lee on Michael Jackson, and more)

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel's favorite books.

Spike Lee discussed his documentary Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall at Morning Edition.

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviewed author Tessa Hadley.

Stream a new Andrew Bird song.

California Sunday Magazine profiled cartoonist Daniel Clowes.

Stereogum ranked Fiery Furnaces albums.

Literary Hub listed the best literary writing about sex.

Stream a new song from the Lumineers.

A.O. Scott talked to Salon about his new book Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth.

The Los Angeles Review of Books reviewed the book.

Dr. Dog visited World Cafe for a live performance.

Omnivoracious interviewed author Charles D'Ambrosio.

Stream a new song by Mogwai.

Salon shared an excerpt from Marc Weingarten's book Thirsty: William Mulholland, California Water, and the Real Chinatown.

Weekend Edition discussed cultural appropriation in pop music.

Tin House interviewed Tony Tulathimutte about his debut novel Private Citizens.

The Village Voice profiled singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane.

Authors Kevin Nguyen and Laura van den Berg discussed speculative fiction at FSG Originals.

SPIN profiled singer-songwriter Aaron Maine (who records as Porches).

Pitchfork reviewed his new album.

CarolineLeavittville and Electric Literature interviewed Rachel Cantor about her novel Good on Paper.

Slate interviewed Alexander Chee about his novel The Queen of the Night.

Weekend Edition profiled the band School of Seven Bells.

Han Kang discussed her novel The Vegetarian with the New York Times and the Guardian.

All Songs Considered interviewed singer-songwriter Andrew Bird.

Your Middle East recommended books set just before, during, and after the Lebanese civil war.

R.I.P., singer-songwriter Dan Hicks.

The Globe and Mail remembered author Oliver Sacks.

NPR Music remembered Maurice White of Earth, Wind, and Fire.

Howard Jacobson talked to Weekend Edition about his new novel Shylock Is My Name, a reworking of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.

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

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
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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