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February 14, 2013

Shorties (Stereotyping You By Your Favorite Love Song, Valentine's Day Book Suggestions, and more)

Flavorwire stereotypes you by your favorite love songs.

Writers share Valentine's day book suggestions at the Barnes and Noble Review.

Mediabistro interviews Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber.

What two pieces of advice would you give to a blogger or entrepreneur who is interested in starting an online venture?

Distinguish yourself. Make sure that your voice is independent and unique and that your opinions on your subject vary from the other voices that exist in that field and that your area of expertise is specific to you, and you're not just out there covering the exact same things that everybody else is in the same way. Just be unique and have an independent voice.

And the other thing I would say is to be willing to put in the work for a long period of time for just the love of it. Today, more so than any other time, it seems really difficult to make a living in the media, especially in the music media. It's just so crowded, and at this point the publications that are really able to establish themselves are the ones that are the most passionate and the most relatable. I find that the publications I tend to connect with most are ones that are, in many cases, written by a single voice, somebody who has a really interesting viewpoint or perspective.

Publishing Perspectives profiles indie publisher Two Dollar Radio.

Flavorwire lists 10 great single-track albums.

The Guardian examines Marvel's partnership with Hyperion Books that will bring female superhero novels to the market.

Comics publisher Marvel is teaming up with Hyperion Books to target women readers, with two new novels out this summer both featuring "strong, smart heroines seeking happiness and love while battling cosmic evil": She-Hulk, the female cousin of the Incredible Hulk, and Rogue, one of the female mutants from X-Men. This is the first time the publisher has taken its female superheroes out of the world of comics and into the world of long-form fiction.

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers talks to the Knoxville Metro Pulse about turning a novel-in-progress into his most recent solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance.

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal also profiles Hood.

Bookworm interviews Nick Flynn about his new memoir, The Reenactments.

PopMatters interviews Victor Krummenacher about the history of Camper Van Beethoven.

Ngugi wa Thiong'o talks to Tell Me More about his remarkable new memoir In the House of the Interpreter.

Deceptive Cadence lists five classical music love letters.

Fresh Air interviews John J. Collins about his book The "Dead Sea Scrolls": A Biography.

All Things Considered explores the challenges faced by the Library of Congress in preserving the national audio archives.

TVOvermind lists three graphic novels that would make killer television series.

Tegan and Sara's Tegan Quin talks to Drowned in Sound about the duo's latest album Heartthrob.

The Oxford American shares an excerpt from Scott McClanahan's new book Crapalachia.

Amanda Palmer examines Bjork's recent Kickstarter crowdfunding project (which was canceled after a few days).

Flavorwire lists 14 great poets' thoughts on their favorite love poems.

Win three of my favorite Picador books and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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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