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May 20, 2013

Shorties (A Short Story on a Stamp, Nina Hagen on Kabarett, and more)

Ireland's newest stamp features an entire short story.

The Quietus interviews singer-songwriter Nina Hagen.

If you had to explain Kabarett to someone who knew nothing about it, how would you begin?

Nina Hagen: I would educate them about the Berliner Ensemble, the Bertolt Brecht Theatre in East Berlin, where I grew up and started witnessing the theatre plays from age 12 onwards, until I left East Germany in 1976. All Brecht's theatre pieces are cabaret style, done in the old tradition of political cabaret filled with historic and political material, songs, scenes... so I grew up studying Kabarett.

The TLS Blog profiles Iggy Pop.

VICE shares a new short story by Ed Park.

The Believer interviews singer-songwriter David Grubbs.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviews author Joshua Cohen.

Do you have any longform fiction in the works?

Guilty, yes. That’s the title. "Guilty, yes." It’s the book Nabokov would’ve written had he liked Joyce. …

NPR is streaming the new Mount Kimbie album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.

HTMLGIANT shares a conceptual literature reading list.

Stereogum lists Sebadoh albums from worst to best.

The CBC profiles New York bookstore owner Sarah McNally of McNally Jackson Books.

NPR is streaming the new Laura Marling album, Once I Was an Eagle.

The Los Angeles Review of Books podcast interviews Nathaniel Rich about his new novel Odds Against Tomorrow.

May's Music Alliance Pact features 36 songs curated by 36 music bloggers in 36 countries.

All Things Considered interviews the publisher of The New York Review of Books about the surprising European success of John Williams' 1965 novel Stoner.

The A.V Club explores the ethical questions raised when musicians crowdfund albums and tours.

The Verge explains how Google beat Apple to a streaming music service.

Win Michael Moss's new book Salt Sugar Fat and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
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also at Largehearted Boy:

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

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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