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February 2, 2013

Shorties (Oral Histories of "Stand By Your Man" and "The Super Bowl Shuffle," A List of Must-Read February Books, and more)

The Wall Street Journal shares an oral history of the recording of Tammy Wynette's hit "Stand By Your Man."

When the song ended, it was like a graveyard. Everyone just sat there and looked at each other. Someone finally broke the ice by saying, "Damn." Tammy started laughing when she realized that everyone was as much in love with the song as she was.

Grantland shares an oral history of the iconic "Super Bowl Shuffle" video performed by the 1985 Chicago Bears.

Flavorwire recommends 10 must-read February books.

Girls frontman Christopher Owens talks to the Guardian about his solo album Lysandre.

"I don't know of any other record like that, where it just goes: day one, day two," he says, proudly, of Lysandre's linear storytelling. He was worried that people wouldn't find it "cool enough", but he needn't have bothered: for the most part, the album is a wonderfully realised vision that documents love and heartbreak, innocence and giddy excitement. Here We Go, the taster track released last November, sets the mood perfectly: "So, here we go/ With my faith and my hand's really shook up/ Airplane, take us all away to New York City"

The Guardian shares an excerpt from James Lasdun's new book Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked.

Paste recommends 12 Louisiana bands.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency recommends literature-themed names for National Football League teams.

Staff from Billboard magazine answered questions about their bestselling music charts and more at Reddit.

Financial Times profiles author Hilary Mantel.

Singer-songwriter David Bazan is seeking hosts for his 2013 living room tour.

The Young Adult Library Services Association has named its top 10 graphic novels of 2013, along with a full list of recommended titles.

All Things Considered interviews Amity Gaige about her new novel Schroder.

On creating a deeply flawed character and how far you can take it before driving a reader away

"I would go back and forth and I would challenge myself to really explore this question of can you be a good parent and still be so damaged and so flawed yourself, and so unknown to yourself? In the end I would say, he really does love his daughter, but he is so unknown to himself, that you have to ask yourself, 'Well, who is loving his daughter?' "

All Songs Considered readers chime in with who is making today's most original music.

Almanac Weekly profiles chef Amanda Cohen and her graphic novel Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant.

This intense empirical approach is what Dirt Candy is all about. You can see it in the cookbook and hear it in Cohen’s conversation: she loves what she does – vegetables! – and she wants you to love them, too. For those who love vegetables, who like vegetables, who’d like to like vegetables, those who enjoy a good story or are considering opening a small business of any kind, Dirt Candy: A Cookbook is for you.

Flavorwire lists 50 reasons to be excited about pop music in 2013.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists
The list of online "best of 2012" music lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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