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June 5, 2013

Shorties (Colum McCann Interviewed About His New Novel, Stream a New Beck Song, and more)

Colum McCann talks to All Things Considered about his new novel TransAtlantic.

Facts can deceive, says McCann, whereas fiction often gets closer to the truth. "It's interesting how the truth gets perceived and how the repeated lie becomes the truth. And this is a place for a fiction writer to sort of dwell," he says. "So I sort of braid, or try to braid together what we would call history and what we would call fiction. And one seems to me to be as true as the other."

The Rumpus also interviews McCann.

Rolling Stone is streaming a new Beck song.

The Other People podcast interviews Tao Lin about his new novel, Taipei.

Anglotopia recommends British summer reading.

Drowned in Sound interviews Martin Doherty of Glaswegian electro-poppers Chvrches.

At Tin House, Parul Seghal interviews author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter and author Josh Ritter.

Indie booksellers recommend books for summer reading at Morning Edition.

Drowned in Sound wraps up its interview with John Lydon of Public Image Ltd.

Flavorwire lists 30 of the most beautiful science fiction book covers.

The Believer interviews legendary comics writer Alan Moore.

Tablet explains the lure of playing concerts in Tel Aviv for rock stars.

Biographile recommends new memoirs and biographies published this month.

Pitchfork is streaming the new Sonny and the Sunsets album, Antenna to the Afterworld.

The New Republic interviews New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier.

Win Tao Lin's new novel Taipei and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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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