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May 31, 2012

Shorties (Alison Bechdel on Memoir Writing, David Kilgour on the Clean Reunion, and more)

Alison Bechdel discusses memoir writing today on The Brian Lehrer Show.

The Austin Chronicle interviews singer-songwriter David Kilgour about the Clean reunion.

The New York Times offers tips on buying vinyl records.

NOW lists summer's best books.

PopMatters lists the 10 best Mike Watt songs.

The A.V. Club interviews John Lydon about the new PiL album, This is PiL, the band's first new release in 20 years.

The A.V. Club interviews cartoonist Daniel Clowes.

AVC: We last spoke in the late '90s, and at least part of that conversation was about comics gaining respectability. That seems like a conversation you don’t have to have anymore.

DC: No, and it seems like a subject that’s been beaten into the ground at this point. Though to the average person that you’ll meet on an airplane, if you tell them you draw comics, they’ll still have sort of the same response—not like that’s seeped into the culture at large, that comics are not just for kids. They might have seen some of the superhero movies, so they’re a little less resistant to superhero comics as inherently stupid, but that’s about it. They still don’t know quite what to make of it.

The New York Times interviews Fiona Apple about her new album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.

Bookworm interviews Susan Orlean about her latest book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.

Paste lists the 60 best albums of the 1960s.

Win the cookbooks The Ben and Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home 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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