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June 10, 2013

Shorties (Read an Excerpt from Neil Gaiman's New Novel, Stream the New Primal Scream Album, and more)

The Guardian excerpts from Neil Gaiman's new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

NPR is streaming the new Primal Scream album, More Light.

The Observer interviews author Benjamin Anastas.

You give a vivid impression of how hard it is to make a living as a writer. If your son came to you and said he wanted to be a novelist, what would you say?

That is my greatest fear! When he was three, I got a shower curtain that had a table of the elements and I tried to get him reading as many science-related books as possible. Chemistry, physics… basically all the things I never understood. But if he does come to me and say he wants to be a writer, what can I do other than to say, that's wonderful.

NPR is streaming Austra's new album, Olympia.

Newcity Chicago lists the city's "Lit 50."

Women's Fiction Writers interviews Caroline Leavitt.

The Guardian interviews Rachel Kushner about writing in California, being compared to Flaubert, and her new novel The Flamethrowers.

PopMatters recommends 10 progressive rock albums.

Hanan al-Shaykh talks to Weekend Edition about her retelling of One Thousand and One Nights.

Vulture profiles author Tao Lin.

Lin shares the story behind his wrist tattoo at Pen & Ink.

NPR is streaming Lemuria's new album, The Distance Is So Big.

R.I.P., author Iain Banks.

Tiny Mix Tapes shares a handful of summer U.S. tour dates for My Bloody Valentine.

Flavorwire lists 10 fascinating interviews with writer Maurice Sendak.

The Guardian reports that former Led Zeppelin bassist Jon Paul Jones is writing an opera.

Win Elliott Holt's debut novel You Are One of Them and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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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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