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April 25, 2013

Shorties (Salman Rushdie, Exploding Hearts, and more)

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews author Salman Rushdie about the importance of PEN.

S. Randol: You mentioned in the same lecture that one way to protect writers, journalists, and artists is to keep the spotlight on them.

S. Rushdie: Very much so. I’ve become quite friendly with, for example, the Italian writer Roberto Saviano, whose life is in serious danger from the Camorra Mafia [for writing Gomorrah, an exposé of the Camorra Mafia in Naples]. One of the things he says repeatedly is that he tries to keep not just his cause but also himself in the public eye, so he's actually co-hosting an evening television program. He very much sees the public arena as a place where his safety is increased by attention.

Pitchfork looks back at Exploding Hearts' career, 10 years after the release of the band's Guitar Romantic album.

Bookworm interviews David Shields about his latest book, How Literature Saved My Life.

BuzzFeed wonders why Coachella's lineup is dominated by male acts.

Mark Pendergast talks to All Things Considered about his new book Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World.

PopMatters shares a history of music industry whining.

Fresh Air interviews David Sedaris about his new essay collection Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls.

Tiny Mix Tapes interviews Zac Pennington of Parenthetical Girls.

io9 recommends three new books "that will prepare you for the future of humanity."

PopMatters interviews electronic musican Matmos.

The Millions shares a list of artistic and literary Tumblrs.

Flavorwire lists a selection of the dirtiest songs in the history of music.

Don DeLillo has been awarded the first Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

Drowned in Sound interviews Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced its 2013 inductees, which include authors Martin Amis, Wendell Berry, Annie Dillarsd, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Natasha Trethewey.

Win Philip Roth's The Great American Novel 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