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September 6, 2010

Shorties (Music Books, Wells Tower, and more)

Publishers Weekly talks to authors of soon-t-be-published music books (including memoirs and biographies).

The New Yorker features a new short story by Wells Tower.

Undertheradar interviews Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart.

The Boston Globe examines judging fellow commuters by their reading material.

Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and singer-songwriter Johnathan Rice discuss their collaboration as Jenny and Johnny with the Los Angeles Times.

Five Books lists essential books about 20th century Russia.

Billy Bragg talks to Billboard about collaborating with Jeff Tweedy and Rosanne Cash on his forthcoming album.

The Huffington Post lists 13 books nobody's read but say they have.

Rhythm Magazine lists the 20 greatest drummers of the last 25 years (chosen via reader poll).

The Scotsman interviews Posy Simmonds about her graphic novel Tamara Drewe and its film adaptation.

NPR is streaming 14 of next week's music releases, including:

The Bad Plus's Never Stop
Blonde Redhead's Penny Sparkle
Chromeo's Business Casual
Junip's Fields
Justin Townes Earle's Harlem River Blues
Mavis Staples' You Are Not Alone
Of Montreal's False Priest
Robert Plant's Band of Joy
Steve Reich's Double sextet, 2x5
Superchunk's Majesty Shredding
The Walkmen's Lisbon

The Guardian has published the longlist for its "Not the Booker" prize and is taking reader votes to whittle it down. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Steven Amsterdam, Tony O'Neill, and Lee Rourke for making the list.

Win a copy of Dante's Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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