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March 7, 2010

Shorties (Dave Eggers, 2010 SXSW Music Torrent, and more)

The Observer interviews author Dave Eggers.

The unofficial SXSW bittorrent download of the 1038 mp3s made available on the SXSW website is finally complete and available for download.

The Newark Star-Ledger interviews Elif Batuman about her book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them.

The Dallas Morning News reviews the book.

Russian literary scholars aren't known for their sense of humor, unless they're Elif Batuman. Her new book, The Possessed, a collection of essays that can best be described as a series of academic misadventure stories, is possibly the best thing to come out of a graduate program in recent years.

RIP, Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous.

The Lexington Herald-Leader profiles singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco.

Iggy Pop and members of the Stooges talk to the Detroit Free Press about the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Spinner's The Interface features a live performance by Beach House.

Flavorwire lists its 30 favorite opening lines in literature.

Ry Cooder talks to Weekend Edition about the new Chieftains album, San Patricio. NPR is streaming the album in its entirety.

Flavorwire lists seminal steampunk novels for "genre-sensitive snobs."

Deep Elm Records is offering two free CDs to its Twitter followers.

On sale at Amazon MP3: The Temper Trap's 10-track Conditions album for $2.99.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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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