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October 26, 2010

Shorties (Keith Richards, Alice Munro, and more)

Fresh Air interviews Keith Richards about his new memoir, Life.

The Virginia Quarterly Review Blog interviews author Alice Munro. (via)

BSC reviews Two Gentleman of Lebowski, which retells the Lebowski tale in the form of a Shakespearean play.

Mashable lists four ways bands can cash in online without a label.

Mixed Media profiles wowOwow's forthcoming book club, which will offer advance reader copies of books months before the book's publication date.

In a nutshell, it's a bookclub that supplies its members with galleys of upcoming titles four to six months before they'd arrive in bookstores. "The concept really is sort of the literary equivalent to going to a screening," says Joni Evans, one of wowOwow's principals and the former publisher of Random House and Simon & Schuster.

Blog on the Tracks interviews Elvis Costello about his new album, National Ransom (out November 2nd).

The Record profiles Screaming Females.

The band draws on the riot grrl bands of the 1990s, along with more mainstream fare like Smashing Pumpkins. But its sound is a far cry from the tasteful understatement that characterizes most blog bands du jour.

Pop & Hiss examines how much musicians earn when they release their music via TuneCore themselves.

"If you go directly to iTunes and sell two songs, you'll net $1.40," Price said. "You will have made the equivalent of selling a full album at Tower Records."

At Reverb, Long Winters frontman John Roderick lists Seattle's four most conspicuous rock crowds.

Dr. Dog visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

PopMatters interviews TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek.

The Jerusalem Post reviews Sarah Glidden's new graphic novel, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less.

The journey theme in literature is often a metaphor for something greater - discovery, a process etc. and this is the aspect of Sarah's story that makes it universally interesting. Sarah's pre-conceived notions were sometimes confirmed, sometimes challenged and she emerges from the whole experience perhaps more confused but definitely more enlightened. Welcome to the Middle East where nothing is black and white.

Drowned in Sound reflects on the New York music scene from 2000-2009, and also shares a mixtape from that era.

All Tech Considered interviews Cory Doctorow about his unique approach to making money as a writer.

In other words, Doctorow is giving away free e-books in hopes of getting people buy the paper books; he's offering print-on-demand paper books with four different covers through; he's soliciting donations; and he's printing 250 hand-sewn limited-edition hardcovers that will run $275 each.

The Story Prize Blog interviews author Doug Dorst.

Flavorwire takes a tour of punk rockers' gravestones.

Morning Edition and Slate interview Garry Trudeau about his Doonesbury comic.

On October 28th at The Tank in New York, Kristin Hersh will discuss her memoir Rat Girl with Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of Prozac Nation.

The Washington Post explores how Michael Cunningham and other writers transcend "gay literature."

Aquarium Drunkard shares a Halloween mixtape.

In the New Yorker Fiction Audio podcast, author David Means reads Raymond Carver's short story "Chef's House."

Win 14 graphic novels from Top Shelf Comix 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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