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June 30, 2013

Shorties (The 100 Greatest Albums Ever, The Modernists' Influence on Modern Writing, and more)

Entertainment Weekly's list of the 100 greatest albums ever.

The Boston Globe examines the Modernists' influence on writing.

In a new book, "The Work of Revision," Hannah Sullivan, an English professor at Oxford University, argues that revision as we now understand it—where authors, before they publish anything, will spend weeks tearing it down and putting it back together again—is a creation of the 20th century. It was only under Modernist luminaries like Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and Virginia Woolf that the practice came to seem truly essential to creating good literature. Those authors, Sullivan writes, were the first who "revised overtly, passionately, and at many points in the lifespan of their texts."

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr shares a list of albums that influenced him at the Guardian.

Open Culture shares two drawings by Jorge Luis Borges. profiles These New Puritans and the band's frontman, George Barnett.

Together with his twin Jack and guitarist Thomas Hein, as These New Puritans he creates soundscapes that are weird and woozy, dystopian and aggressively anti-commercial. Inevitably, there are moments of indulgence. At their best, such as on new album Field of Reeds, the trio, from the grim English seaside town of Southend achieve a strikingly fragile beauty.

Richard Russo talks to Weekend Edition about publishing his new novella Nate in Venice as an e-book.

The Record notes that several songs in the pop charts took almost a year to get there.

Weekend Edition interviews Susan Choi about her new novel My Education.

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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)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
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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