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October 21, 2009

Shorties (Sufjan Stevens, Alina Simone, and more)

The Quietus and Death + Taxes interview Sufjan Stevens about his new symphonic album, The BQE.

Magnet (courtesy of comedian Eugene Mirman) shares an mp3 from Alina Simone's forthcoming album.

Spinner lists the 10 worst greatest hits album mistakes.

Dodos drummer Logan Kroeber talks to Boise Weekly.

TechCrunch reports that a Google music service launch is imminent.

The A.V. Club interviews RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan about his new book, The Tao Of Wu.

Built on a Weak Spot names its top ten albums of the decade (2000-2009).

The Guardian reviews the graphic novel The Honduran Coup, A Graphic History.

NPR staffers discuss their favorite songs from the new Dolly Parton box set, Dolly.

Rocks Off lists five decent bands named after Star Wars terminology.

Chiuck Klosterman's new essay collection, Eating the Dinosaur, hit store shelves yesterday.

The Grand Forks Herald reviews the book.

Bostonist interviews Nicholas Negroponte about book festivals.

Will we still have "book festivals" in 10 years? 20? How will they change?

Reading and writing are not going away. Books and Publishing are. Note capital P.

Music festivals did not go away with the advent of CDs or iTunes. Likewise, words will live forever. There will always be festivals around their creative use -- story telling in its many forms and non-fiction in it many categories. The word "book" may need to be reconsidered sooner rather than later.

Chicagoist interviews Laurie Lindeen, author of the memoir Petal Pusher and former member of Zuzu's Petals.

Crave lists 8 overhyped bands you'll forget by next year.

Independent Weekly interviews author Michael Chabon about his new essay collection, Manhood for Amateurs.

Salon reviews the book.

Curt Worden, director of the documentary One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur, talks to NPR's Morning Edition about the film.

At Tao Lin's blog, Jeffrey Brown illustrates a line from the author's latest novel, Shoplifting from American Apparel.

Win one of five gift packs (including Josh Bazell's novel Beat the Reaper and a Brooklyn Industries t-shirt) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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