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February 25, 2016

Shorties (An Interview with Karl Ove Knausgaard, Stream the New M Ward Album, and more)

The Independent interviewed author Karl Ove Knausgaard.

NPR Music is streaming M Ward's new album More Rain.

The Honest Ulsterman interviewed poet Sarah Howe.

Salon interviewed singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen.

Creative Loafing Tampa recommended southern drinking songs.

Paste listed February's best new books.

Michael Gira discussed the final Swans album with Pitchfork.

NPR Music is streaming Nada Surf's new album You Know Who You Are.

Literary Hub recommended March's best new books.

Lucinda Williams discussed her discography with SPIN.

The Barnes and Noble Review interviewed Han Kang about her novel The Vegetarian.

NPR Music is streaming Polica's new album United Crushers.

13.7 Cosmos and Culture recommended 2016's best science books.

Salon interviewed Garth Greenwell about his debut novel What Belongs to You.

Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith talked to Morning Edition about their new book Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.

NPR Music is streaming the debut album from Meg Baird's new band, Heron Oblivion.

Bustle recommended books about world-changing women.

Paste profiled singer-songwriter Aurora Aksnes.

In her music and as a performer, AURORA projects contrasting characteristics that make her an enchantingly idiosyncratic artist. She acknowledges that she writes mostly sad songs, and the title of her debut LP, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, out March 11, is an idealistic encapsulation of the innocence, gloom, and empowerment that imbue its 12 tracks. She’s an emotive live performer, her hands undulating freely about, but between songs she’s shy, and there appears to be a moment of trepidation at the conclusion of each one, before she’s overwhelmed with loud approval.

The Miami Herald interviewed Peter Straub about his new short story collection Interior Darkness.

Stream a demo of Sufjan Stevens' song "Chicago," from the forthcoming remastered and expanded edition of Illinois.

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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