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August 22, 2011

Shorties (Marnie Stern, Craig Thompson, and more)

Guitar World interviews singer-songwriter Marnie Stern.

What advice would you give to girls picking up the guitar?

I had been wanting to give guitar lessons to girls because I feel like women tend to use their voice as the starting point for a song and learn a few chords, and then it ends there because then they just use their voice to flesh out a song. I think you should look at the guitar differently instead of just something to help the voice. It’s its own amazing crazy thing that can bring about different ideas. At least for me it has been, so I'm just so appreciative.

New York Magazine interviews Craig Thompson about his new graphic novel, Habibi.

In its willingness to address the world, Habibi reminds me of work by the great European cartoonists, rather than your American peers.

Thank you! For a while I cut off going to American comics shows because of the atmosphere—so much about pop culture, video games, and toys. European shows seemed a little more dignified.

The 10 most overused songs in movie history.

New York Magazine previews fall's anticipated new books.

Mr. Ben Venom makes quilts of heavy metal t-shirts.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Jolie Holland.

Dunderpedia lists songs that have appeared in episodes of The Office.

The Guardian and Telegraph review the stage adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

20 essential Chinese novels.

Sad Young Cardinals is a new music blog that focuses on the Mountain Goats.

20 celebrities with stunning home libraries.

Tablet interviews cartoonist Joann Sfar about his documentary film about Serge Gainsbourg, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life.

Nassir Ghaemi talks to All Things Considered about his new book, A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness.

Guardian music critics are writing about their favorite albums.

Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
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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