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March 9, 2017

Shorties (Read and Listen to Excerpts from George Saunders' Novel, Stephin Merritt on the New Magnetic Fields Album, and more)

Read an excerpt (and listen to audiobook excerpts from George Saunders' debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo at the Times Literary Supplement.

Stephin Merritt talked to Morning Edition about the new Magnetic Fields album 50 Song Memoir.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Ball Four by Jim Bouton
Claudius the God by Robert Graves
Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
L.A. Son by Roy Choi
The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis
Maurice by E.M. Forster
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam
Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin
Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson
White Line Fever by Lemmy
Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel

John Darnielle discussed his novel Universal Harvester with Consequence of Sound.

The Current interviewed Patti Smith.

Literary Hub recommended great novels you may have missed in February.

The A.V. Club reconsidered Elliott Smith's Either/Or album 20 years after its release.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy covered Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried."

OUPblog shared an excerpt from Andrew McCarron's book Light Come Shining: The Transformations of Bob Dylan.

Stream a new Ty Segall song.

Signature recommended the best books on Somalia.

Stream a new Do Make Say Think song.

Literary Hub ranked notorious literary muses.

Turntable Kitchen shared a Cinco de Mayo playlist.

CarolineLeavittville interviewed Victor Lodato about his new novel Edgar & Lucy.

NPR Music is streaming Conor Oberst's new album Salutations.

Unbound Worlds interviewed Paul La Farge about H.P. Lovecraft's influence on his writing.

Literary Hub shared a conversation between La Farge and his editor.

PopMatters profiled singer-songwriter Sam Phillips.

The A.V. Club interviewed Jay Som’s Melina Duterte.

Bookworm interviewed Fantagraphics editor Gary Groth about comics.

Hurray For the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra on being an activist musician in the age of Trump at SPIN.

American Songwriter interviewed Segarra.

Hurray for the Riff Raff visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

Keggie Carew talked to All Things Considered about her new book Dadland.

Stream a new Craig Finn song.

Paste interviewed cartoonist Jeff Lemire.

The A.V. Club reconsidered The Velvet Underground & Nico's self-titled album 50 years after its release.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talked to the Washington Post about her new book Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.

Drowned in Sound is streaming the Homesick's new album Youth Hunt.

Comics Beat interviewed Maggie Umber about her new graphic novel Sound of Snow Falling.

Stream a new Aimee Mann song.

Margaret Atwood talked to the Los Angeles Times about her Angel Catbird graphic novels.

Stream a new Afghan Whigs song.

Fresh Air interviewed Mohsin Hamid about his novel Exit West.

Signature examined the role of music in political resistance, specifically the works (and life) of Fela Kuti.

BOMB interviewed author Eleni Sikelianos.

Stream a new Chastity Belt song.

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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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