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March 21, 2016

Shorties (An Interview with Helen Oyeyemi, A New Mogwai Song, and more)

Morning Edition interviewed Helen Oyeyemi about her new short story collection What Is Not Yours.

On her love of fairy tales

I am trying to find out what endures — because these stories are so old, and have been retold by so many tellers, in so many different forms. There's a way in which, when you retell a story, you're testing what in it is relevant to all times and places. Bits of it hold up, and bits of it crumble and then new perspectives come through, and I like that the fairy tale is one of the only stories that can bear the weight of all that.

Stream a new Mogwai song.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Emma Donoghue's Landing
Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions
Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano
Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan
Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky
Paul Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts.

The lead for a Morrissey biopic has been cast.

The Rumpus interviewed poet Robyn Schiff.

Stream a new Frightened Rabbit song.

Sara Baume talked to PopMatters about her novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither.

Prince will publish a memoir next year.

Emily Books interviewed author Paula Bomer.

Stereogum interviewed Kristin Welchez of Dum Dum Girls about her new band Kristin Kontrol.

Broadly interviewed Danielle Dutton about her novel Margaret the First.

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from the book.

SPIN interviewed the members of Those Darlins about the band's career.

Time Out New York profiled the city's best small presses.

Salon interviewed Andy Partridge about the new book Complicated Game: Inside the Songs of XTC.

Salon and the Toronto Star interviewed Daniel Clowes about his new graphic novel Patience.

TEEN frontwoman Teeny Lieberson broke down the band's new album Love Yes track-by-track at Drowned in Sound.

The New Yorker features a new Annie Proulx short story.

Weekend Edition interviewed Amanda Palmer.

The Guardian listed the best Anita Brookner novels.

Dangerous Minds argued that the band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark deserved more critical acclaim.

Author Sloane Crosley listed her favorite books at the New York Times.

The A.V. Club interviewed Phil Collins.

Kate Roiphe discussed her book The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End with Weekend Edition.

Roiphe listed her favorite books that deal with illness and death at The Week.

also at Largehearted Boy:

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

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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