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March 2, 2016

Shorties (Recommended Contemporary Cuban Literature, The Best Emo Albums of All Time, and more)

Literary Hub recommended contemporary Cuban literature.

Rolling Stone listed the best emo albums of all time.

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 Guardian profiled the influential indie band the Pastels.

The Pastels long ago became a kind of shorthand for a wan, wonky and distinctly unambitious strain of guitar music that’s as niche as they come. That – the result of a reductive association with the NME's C86 cassette – has rendered them one of the most misrepresented cult groups of their era. There’s a much more compelling story to be told about a band integral to the birth of the Glasgow independent music scene, who continue to make wonderful and surprising music (albeit very slowly: they average an album every seven years).

The Paris Review interviewed author Jeremy M. Davies.

Stream a new Beth Orton song.

Read an excerpt from Ruth Ozeki's book The Face: A Time Code.

Stream a new song by the Kills


Panels recommended graphic novel memoirs.

The Baltimore Sun interviewed Patrick Stickles of the band Titus Andronicus.

Flavorwire and Bustle previewed March's must-read books.

Flagpole profiles singer-songwriter Craig Finn.

The Rumpus interviewed author Kathleen Spivack.

Bob Mehr's definitive biography of the Replacements, Trouble Boys, was published yesterday.

Angela Flournoy discussed Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man at the National Book Foundation.

Stream a new M83 song.

Daniel Clowes discussed his career and new science fiction graphic novel Patience with the East Bay Express.

The A.V. Club previewed March's new albums.

Fresh Air interviewed Rebecca Traister about her new book All the Single Ladies.

NPR Music is streaming a 100-track mix of artists playing SXSW this year.

Paste interviewed Andromeda Romano-Lax about her novel Behave.

Julia Holter visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

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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