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March 7, 2016

Shorties (March's Best Books, Bob Mehr on His Replacements Biography, and more)

Vulture and Entertainment Weekly recommended March's best books.

Pitchfork interviewed Bob Mehr about his book Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Emma Donoghue's Landing
Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions
Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano
Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan
Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky
Paul Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts.

Ozy interviewed author Colm Toibin.

On discovering new music through video games.

Authors listed books they wished they had read as LGBT teenagers at Literary Hub.

Cheryl Strayed interviewed Rob Roberge about his memoir Liar at Salon.

SPIN profiled Jack Colleran of MMOTHS.

Rougher around the edges yet more sophisticated than MMOTHS’ earlier EPs, Luneworks' arrangements are simultaneously vulnerable and removed; in other words — if one were to read into the relationship context Colleran steers away from making explicit — they carry themselves like someone who’s been hurt. But with or without that backstory, the album holds its own as a bittersweet exploration of polarities.

Juan Thompson talked to Vanity Fair about his book Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson.

Playwright Larry Kramer listed his favorite books at the New York Times.

PopMatters interviewed M. Ward about his new album More Rain.

Peter Straub discussed his favorite books at The Week.

Paste listed harpists who make experimental pop music.

All Things Considered remembered author Pat Conroy.

The Guardian features an excerpt from Michael Bradley's book Teenage Kicks: My Life As an Undertone.

Paste interviewed Olivia Laing about her book The Lonely City.

"If there's a message to the book, it's the political component of loneliness," Laing says. "We tend to think people get lonely for personal reasons, and it's the individual person's responsibility. But I think it’s social forces that cause people to become excluded…It's much more to do with the external world and how it treats people."

Author Andy Mozina listed the best novels about music at Signature.

Ebook on sale today for $1.99: Uzodinma Iweala's novel Beasts of No Nation.

The band Kaleo visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Rumpus interviewed Cote Smith about his debut novel Hurt People.

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Online "Best of 2015" Book Lists
Essential and Interesting 2015 Year-End Music Lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)