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March 17, 2010

Shorties (Michael Chabon on Big Star; A Poem for David Beckham; and more)

Michael Chabon examines Big Star's Keep an Eye on the Sky box set.

Power pop is a prayer offered by atheists to a God who exists but doesn’t hear. Keep an Eye on the Sky is a worthy temple of this bittersweet faith.

The Guardian examines UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy's poem for soccer star David Beckham.

The book trailer for Steve Hickensmith's Pride And Prejudice And Zombies: Dawn Of The Dreadfuls is now online.

The L Magazine lists 13 examples of literature in song.

Jami Attenberg discusses her latest novel's cover with Unabashedly Bookish.

Austinist lists five SXSW bands you need to see today.

Minnesota Reads interviews author John Jodzio.

Central Florida Future lists the best film soundtracks of the past decade.

The Stony Brook Independent lists the greatest female role models from youth books.

Chicagoist interviews Chuck Criss of Freelance Whales.

C: And, of course, then the comparison game begins. Two major ones that consistently pop up for the Whales are Sufjan Stevens and Arcade Fire. What do you think of those comparisons? Has the trend toward comparison in music press driven you crazy yet?

CC: No, I mean, I think it's flattering. I don't think the comparisons are trying to pigeonhole bands. They're just a way of expressing if you like this band or artist, you might like this, too. If that's part of a platform for us to share our music, we're cool with that. A lot of the comparisons don't really stem from the sound of the whole album as much of one section of one song, and that's where we see a Sufjan or Arcade Fire comparison. But it hasn't driven us crazy. There are far worse comparisons writers could be making.

Mania lists the 15 best science fiction writers of all time.

New York Magazine's Vulture blog ponders the significance of the Hold Steady's new album cover.

NPR's All Things Considered profiles author Elmore Leonard.

At eMusic, Douglas Wolk lists the 22 essential Sub Pop albums.

NPR's All Things Considered interviews Broken Bells' James Mercer and Danger Mouse about the band's self-titled debut album.

Follow NPR Music's extensive SXSW Music coverage.

Interview interviews Joan Jett about the new Runaways biopic.

The finalists have been announced for the Lambda Literary Awards. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Ariel Schrag, James Hannaham, and Frank Anthony Polito.

Shockhound interviews Cherie Currie about the new Runaways biopic.

The A.V. Club unveiled its "Undercover" series with Ted Leo covering Tears for Fears' "Everybody wants to Rule the World."

The Guardian Books Blog examines odd book merchandise.

A Jay Reatard tribute will be held Thursday at Beerland in Austin from 1-6 (for people attending SXSW Music).

The longlist for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction has been announced. Congratulations to tw0-time Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Laila Lalami, whose book novel Secret Son made the list.

Thruthdig examines the fate of books after the age of print.

The Line of Best Fit interviews Ryan McPhun of The Ruby Suns about the band's wonderful new album, Fight Softly.

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

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