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May 23, 2010

Shorties (Of Montreal, Cory Doctorow, and more)

The Tulsa World Scene and Lexington Herald-Leader profile Of Montreal.

In the Guardian, Cory Doctorow explains why he publishes his books free online.

I give away all of my books. [The publisher] Tim O'Reilly once said that the problem for artists isn't piracy – it's obscurity. I think that's true. A lot of people have commented: "You can't eat page views, so how does being well-known help you earn a living as a writer?" It's true; however, it's very hard to monetise fame, but impossible to monetise obscurity. It doesn't really matter how great your work is; if no one's ever heard of it, you'll never make any money from it. That's not to say that if everyone's heard of it, you'll make a fortune, but it is a necessary precursor that your work be well-known to earn you a living. As far as I can tell, these themes apply very widely, across all media.

Big Star drummer Jody Stephens talks to the Nashville Scene about Alex Chilton.

The Times Online examines authors' use of cell phone apps to shop their unpublished books to prospective publishers.

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn talks to All Things Considered about the band's new album, Heaven Is Whenever.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reviews the album.

Consequence of Sound profiles hip hop MC MF Doom.

Intuitive Intertextuality examines the cultural significance of teledramas.

I mention novelization because teledramas like the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Sopranos, and Battlestar Galactica have really given novels a run for their money as the modern myth makers. I have no doubt in my mind that future generations will speak of the work of Ronald D. Moore and J.J. Abrams in the same breath as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. In fact, I’d bet they’d be more associated with these great authors then they will be filmmakers or even other television producers since characters like Quark, Big Pussy and Gaius Baltar have some serious sci-fi cred going on.

Mashable lists seven unique sites for discovering new music.

Name your favorite song of 2010 and win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and a CD of Sleigh Bells' Treats album in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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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)
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