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September 30, 2010

Shorties (Marnie Stern, Books to Impress Girls, and more)

Eye Weekly lists five things you need to know about Marnie Stern.

1. She is a guitar goddess. For those of you unfamiliar with the axe-slinging virtuoso, she has been making jaws drop in her native Brooklyn, and, consequently, the rest of the indie world, since the release of her ferocious debut, 2007’s In Advance of the Broken Arm. With her charming, unmistakably nasal voice (she recently did a stint interviewing SXSW bands for MTV, asking members of Ra Ra Riot if she sounded like "The Nanny") and finger-tapping guitar playing — a technique generally associated with goons like Eddie Van Halen — her talents are not pretentious gimmicks, but rather a truly original form of expression. lists books to impress girls.

The Austin American-Statesman profiles former Guided By Voices guitarist Doug Gillard.

Augusten Burroughs talks about writing with Cincinnati CityBeat.

“When I got into it I knew I wasn't going to make any money,” Burroughs says. “I'm going to leave advertising and be dirt poor. It's gonna suck, but it's not gonna suck as much as my life had sucked making money. Is (my success) because I'm so brilliant at it? Absolutely not. I'm very good at what I do — which is knowing me and going to the edge and reporting back — but that's not related to an inherent value. If you want to make money, this is not the field. This is the field you get into when you have to do it because there's no choice.”

Cleveland Scene Weekly interviews !!!'s Nic Offer.

The Telegraph profiles singer-songwriter Duffy.

Click Track lists four classic rock records that could stand an in-concert revival.

Liz Phair talks to the North County Times.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews author Howard Norman today.

The Literary Saloon analyzes this year's betting odds for the Nobel Prize in literature.

The A.V. Club interviews Robert Plant.

Mental Floss offers a Banned Books Week quiz.

The Scotsman interviews Mavis Staples about her new Jeff Tweedy-produced album, You Are Not Alone.

ShelfLuv is a graphical search engine for books.

Best Coast visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Eric Drooker talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about his graphic novel version of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl."

Rolling Stone interviews President Obama about the music on his iPod (and other things).

Win copies of two of my favorite novels of the year, Exley by Brock Clarke and Room by Emma Donoghue, in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

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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