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June 20, 2012

Shorties (The Best Uses of Music in Post-Modern Cinema, Jennifer Egan's Twitter Story, and more)

PopMatters lists the 10 best uses of music in post-modern cinema.

Read Jennifer Egan's Twitter story, "Black Box." at the Page-Turner.

Reverb lists 12 contenders for the indie jam of the summer.

All Shook Down lists the top eight reasons to pay for music.

The Guardian reviews james Fearnley's memoir Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues.

Boise Weekly profiles Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

Marvel editor in chief Axel Alonso talks to BBC Radio 4 about the emergence of gay superheroes.

PopMatters lists the top 10 female punk bands.

The Wall Street Journal interviews Joshua Henkin about his new novel, The World Without You.

Motion City Soundtrack visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Page-Turner interviews Dave Eggers about his new novel, A Hologram for the King.

At All Songs Considered, Patti Smith spins some of her favorite songs.

At the New York Review of Books, Michael Chabon shares his dislike for dreams.

The wisdom of dreams is a fortune on paper that you can't cash out, an oasis of shimmering water that turns, when you wake up, to a mouthful of sand.

Pop Candy reports that the founder of Tower Records is now chronicling the store's history with the Tower Records Project.

Bookforum interviews Tom Bissell about his new nonfiction collection, Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation.

BF: You started out as a young writer of short fiction but claim in the preface to your book that you no longer believe in "genre chauvinism." I talked with Geoff Dyer earlier this year about this resurgence of non-fiction and the essay form, and the possibilities inherent to them. In seems very fitting that both Dyer and John Jeremiah Sullivan supplied Magic Hours with blurbs.

TB: Yeah, I lucked out with those blurbs. I'll tell you my John Sullivan story. When I read Pulphead I thought, 'Wow, this is the worst book that could possibly come out right before my essay collection.' The book really shook me up. I thought the sentences were so beautiful. My own writing had gotten kind of tight, and reading Pulphead brought me back to a much looser style, as did teaching John and Geoff Dyer to my students last year, and paying closer attention to what they do and so on. And for me personally—I'm not trying to make any big cultural statement—what they're doing is so much more interesting than any fiction writers I'm stumbling across right now, and both of them are also walking this weird line, saying, in effect, what is nonfiction? I prefer to think of that kind of nonfiction as a voice whispering to you in the night.

Author Jon McGregor shares his computer desktop with the Guardian.

Kill Rock Stars has put several Elliott Smith albums and singles on sale at Bandcamp.

At Salon, Laura Miller makes the case that bad books make better films.

Win Anthony Bourdain's new graphic novel Get Jiro! and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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

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

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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