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September 11, 2009

Shorties (Margaret Atwood, Bosque Brown, and more)

NPR reviews and excerpts from Margaret Atwood's new novel, The Year of the Flood.


The Guardian's band of the day is Bosque Brown.


Suburban Home Records is giving away a free album (of your choice) from its discography to celebrate its 14th anniversary.


Rock Criticism Arranged as a Football Team (that's soccer to Americans).


Gigwise profiles Beatles tribute bands.


B'More Green gathers tutorials on reusing CDs.


The F Word examines feminism and the vampire novel.


Graphic Novel Reporter previews fall's nonfiction graphic novels.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Jay-Z's new 15-track The Blueprint 3 album.


Nick Cave discusses his new novel The Death of Bunny Munro, composing film scores and having young children at BBC Radio 5.


Clash Music has Gang of Four's John King give a track-by-track analysis of the band's debut album, Entertainment!.


The Bookfinder.com Journal lists the worst mothers in literature.


The 9513 lists 40 truckin' songs.


Register your band at Feed the Beat and possibly win $500 worth of Taco Bell.


Nominations are open for the 2010 PEN Literary Awards.


The Guardian notes the effect of a Stephen Fry Tweet on a single book's sales.

The online retailer Amazon yesterday reported a 6,000% rise in sales for Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman. It went from number 3,629 to number two and the only discernible reason is this tweet from Fry: "You will not read a more dazzling book this year than David Eagleman's Sum. If you read it and aren't enchanted I will eat 40 hats."


ROIR is giving away a pair of Bad Brains flip flops.


At her Monitor Mix blog, Carrie Brownstein revels in a Sleater-Kinney reference in Lorrie Moore's new novel, A Gate at the Stairs.

Reading my own band name within the book's pages was like having a movie character turn toward you, say your name and confer with you on the plot. It was a personalized fortune cookie. It was having a park named after you without first having to die.

Brownstein also shares her favorite dorm room posters.


Win the 2-CD 1-DVD limited 20th anniversary edition of The Stone Roses' self-titled album in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

PopMatters reviews the album.


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