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January 17, 2017

Shorties (Barack Obama on Books and Writing, One Hundred Days of Anti-Trump Songs, and more)

Barack Obama discussed books and writing with the New York Times.


Our First Hundred Days will feature an unreleased song every day (by Mitski, the Mountain Goats, and others) for the first 100 days of the Trump administration.


35 "best books of 2016" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy Tuesday (bringing the total number to 1,624), including Forbes' best books on birds and birding and The Oklahoman's best graphic novels.

Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting "best of 2016" music lists


Ebooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times by Anne C. Heller
A Model World by Michael Chabon


NYCTaper shared a live performance by Jon Langford, Jean Cook and Walter Salas-Humara.


The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Vanessa Hua.


Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols talked to Rolling Stone about his memoir Lonely Boy.


Fiction Advocate interviewed author Eula Biss.


Stream a new Sloppy Heads song.


The New Yorker interviewed Elif Batuman about her short story in this week's issue.


Salon shared 2017's big music milestones.


Decibel interviewed Nathan Carson about his novella Starr Creek.


Ryan Adams and Liz Phair are collaborating on an album.


Meredith Alling on writing her story collection Sing the Song at Necessary Fiction.


Stream a new song by Tobin Sprout.


Autostraddle recommended the best feminist and LGBTQ books of early 2017.


Sharon Van Etten discussed her new acting career with All Songs Considered.


The Nonhuman Rights Project interviewed Thalia Field about her book Experimental Animals.


Stream a new Xiu Xiu song.


Author D. Foy discussed his tattoos at Clash.


Pitchfork examined the influence of Alice Coltrane's music.


HTMLGIANT previewed 2017's best indie press books.


The Talkhouse podcast featured Tommy Stinson and Wayne Kramer in conversation.


Ben Lerner examined the legacy of John Berger at the New Yorker.


Pitchfork reconsidered X-Ray Specs' Germfree Adolescents album.


BuzzFeed recommended books to read if you are going to the women's march on Washington.



also at Largehearted Boy:

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

List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Essential and Interesting Year-End 2016 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)
weekly music release lists


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