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May 23, 2012

Shorties (A Confederacy of Dunces: The Film, Shirley Manson of Garbage, and more)

Playlist reports that a film adaptation of John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces may star Zach Galifinakis.

The A.V. Club interviews Shirley Manson of Garbage.

AVC: You've been vocal on your Facebook page and elsewhere about standing up for women you feel don't get a fair shake, including defending Kristen Stewart's performance in Twilight. Is that something you think about a lot, or feel a responsibility to comment on?

SM: I can't help myself. I just am fascinated by other female artists, probably because I feel a kinship with them, no matter who they are and what they do. And I'm 45 now. I’m not a kid. I feel like I'm a grown-up, and I know exactly what they're going through. I have lived it myself. It's a minefield to navigate. People seem to think this is really simple. It's really difficult to navigate attention and stardom and celebrity status, and still try to maintain yourself and hold onto your intelligence and integrity. It's really challenging. I watch these young women try to navigate our culture, and I watch them struggle, or I watch the unbelievable hostility they have to bear. So I guess, yeah, I feel protective.

Creative Type lists the top 50+ creative writing professors on Twitter.

The Guardian explains why pop musicians love the poetry of TS Eliot.

Electric Literature launched its Recommended Reading online literary magazine today.

Gigwise lists the worst pop covers of all time.

Rocks Off lists 10 things musicians have been buried with.

The Atlantic explores the "precarious state of the author interview."

The Colorado Springs Independent profiles Jay Farrar of Son Volt.

"Working with Jack Kerouac's words and Woody Guthrie's lyrics was an opportunity to sort of step aside from what I was normally doing and be inspired in a different way," he says. "There's a tendency with one's own lyrics to be a bit self-analytical."

Colin Powell talks to All Things Considered about his new memoir It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership.

The Quietus interviews Julia Holter about her new album Ekstasis.

At The Browser, author Nick Harkaway recommends five books about negotiating the digital age.

Nine classic songs you didn't know were covers.

At the Huffington Post, Jennifer Miller lists nine fantastic prep school novels.

Google explains the concept behind today's doodle logo, an interactive tribute to synthesizer innovator Robert Moog.

Former Handsome Furs frontman Dan Boeckner and Spoon's Britt Daniel have formed a new band, Divine Fits.

Win a copy of Amy Waldman's novel The Submission and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
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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