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March 18, 2010

Shorties (Alex Chilton, Books Every Man Must Read,and more)

RIP, Alex Chilton of Big Star and the Box Tops.

Remembrances by Ben Greenman, the Guardian, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, Arts Beat, Entertainment Weekly, and Greg Kot.

Made Man lists five books every man must read.

This 2010 Pavement tour page includes links to mp3 and bittorrent lossless downloads of the band's reunion shows.

Flavorwire lists 10 music critics you should follow on Twitter.

PopMatters shares six simple tips for writing a literary manifesto.

Consequence of Sound interviews Cymbals Eat Guitars frontman Joseph D'Agostino.

The Guardian Books Blog compares literary dialogue with the real thing.

Drowned in Sound shares a collection of indie rock love songs interpreted as posters.

IFC interviews Carrie Brownstein about her acting career and writing about music.

You had not one but four stories in the "Best Music Writing" anthology that Greil Marcus put together. How'd you transition so smoothly from playing music to writing about it?

I think a common thread in my life before I was in a band and when I was young was that writing always was something that was important to me. I'm a huge reader. And during my time in Sleater-Kinney, I was always the one asked to provide the added commentary or analysis. Occasionally, publications would ask me to write something, like a tour diary, and that led to essays. When the band ended, I felt like I wanted to pursue that more wholeheartedly. It might from the outside seem like the band ended and then I picked up a pen and started writing for NPR, but it's something that I've worked on for a lot of years.

Paste has posted an hour-by-hour guide to SXSW Music 2010.

The Guardian profiles the record label 4AD.

Aurgasm interviews Rasmus Stoldberg of Efterklang.

NPR's SXSW coverage includes recorded streams of shows by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Broken Bells, the Walkmen, and much more.

Flavorwire lists 10 literary ladies desperately in need of a gay friend.

The Top 13 lists the top hidden album tracks.

Author Sam Lipsyte is answering reader questions at Goodreads.

Christos Papadimitriou talks about his graphic novel Logicomix at Authors@Google.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate (plus assorted books & CDs) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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