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February 10, 2016

Shorties (Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels on TV, A Julia Holter Live Performance, and more)

Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels are being adapted into a television series.

Singer-songwriter Julia Holter visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

eBook on sale for 99 cents today: Stephen King's novel Joyland.

BrooklynVegan ranked the Beach Boys' albums.

Hazlitt and Electric Literature interviewed A. O. Scott about his new book Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth.

Stream a new TEEN song.

The shortlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction has been announced.

Stream Craig Finn's recent Mountain Stage performance.

Literary Hub interviewed Idra Novey about her debut novel Ways to Disappear.

Alexander Chee talked to the Guardian about his novel The Queen of the Night.

Ebony examined the legacy of J Dilla.

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

Mike Cooley talked to Flagpole about the future of his band, the Drive-By Truckers.

Author Tony Tulathimutte shared how he named the characters in his novel Private Citizens at the Paris Review.

How Moby-Dick inspired the sound design of the film Mad Max: Fury Road.

Bookworm interviewed Ryan Gattis about his novel All Involved.

Clash profiled the band Liima.

"The whole idea of Liima is a challenge. It’s the willingness to take a risk, the almost performance art aspect and the desire to make new music a step away from what they’d created before that forms its soul. Even the band’s name translates as glue – they’re held together with a mutual understanding that this is an experiment. That and the fact they’re all incredibly nice. Liima is not only a concept, but a sort of a musical democracy built on equality. Some of our home grown musicians could probably learn a bit from their approach."

The Washington Post previewed February's best poetry books.

Paste profiled singer-songwriter Lapsley.

"I wanted to make the music that I liked," says the performer of her aesthetic style. "And I was really interested in experimental electronic music, but then I also had this passion for good songwriting and classical music. So I just felt like I was somewhere in the middle – the music I made had an appreciation for all those things. And I also have a lot of appreciation for space, and the composition of a song. And I always think that synths are the new instruments – back in the day, violins and flutes were the modern ones, but now we have so many different new means of making sound. It’s an interesting shift."

Alvaro Enrigue talked to All Things Considered/a> about his new novel Sudden Death.

The Oxford American profiled legendary blues guitarist Beverly "Guitar" Watkins.

The Literary Hub podcast interviewed author Jhumpa Lahiri about her new memoir In Other Words.

Paste ranked musical performances from the British comedy series The Young Ones.

Author John Wray shared an essay about creating art at BuzzFeed.

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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