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August 18, 2013

Shorties (The Top Literary References in Rap, James McBride on His New Novel, and more)

Poetry Genius lists 10 great literary references in rap music.

Weekend Edition interviews James McBride about his new novel The Good Lord Bird.

On putting some of the Wild West into John Brown's story

"The hard part about writing about a guy like John Brown is that he was so serious, and his cause was so serious, that most of what's been written about him is really serious and, in my opinion, a little bit boring. Not all of it, but I wanted to kind of thrust him into the Jesse James category or the Western category so that people would appreciate, you know, what he really was and what he tried to do."

All Songs Considered interviews Ty Segall about his new album, Sleeper.

NPR Books recommends three books about coming to America.

The Observer discusses Lady Gaga's attempt t be taken seriously in the art world.

The Observer profiles poet Kate Tempest.

Tempest is best known for her mesmerising, rap-inspired performance poetry; in March her south London-set epic Brand New Ancients, which reimagines the classical gods as two modern families, won the Ted Hughes award for new work, making the 26-year-old the first person under 40 to receive it. When she started writing in her mid-teens, she would push herself to perform anywhere. At grime and hip-hop nights she'd demand the mic from the MC, then she'd rap on the night bus home.

Stereogum lists the world's highest paid DJs.

The BBC examines the adult themes of Grimm's Fairy Tales.

ABC News shares photos from 1969's Woodstock music festival.

The Herald Scotland lists the 50 greatest graphic novels of all time.

Travis frontman Fran Healy discusses the band's discography with Drowned in Sound.

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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