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September 13, 2012

Shorties (An Excerpt from Salman Rushdie's New Memoir, Jeff Tweedy on Wilco's Future, and more)

The New Yorker shares an excerpt from Salman Rushdies new book, Joseph Anton: A Memoir.


The A.V. Club interviews Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy about the future of the band.


Amanda Palmer talks to ArtsBeat about soliciting musicians to play for free at her live shows.


The Guardian profiles author Lawrence Norfolk.

Norfolk insists that literary setbacks are part of the territory. "Unless there's a possibility of failure, what you're doing isn't actually art."


Buzzfeed interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

Who are your favorite female musicians?

Most of my favorite songwriters are women. Joni Mitchell is probably my favorite of all time. I love Christine Fellows, I love Tiny Vipers, I love Roberta Flack, who I consider underrated. But Joni Mitchell is one of the great geniuses of our age.


The Guardian lists the top 10 otters in literature.


Patterson Hood talks to Spinner about how his new solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance.

"I didn't want it to sound like a Truckers record, even though it's my voice and pretty much all of them play on it at various times. I wanted it to be very sparse and have a lot of space between things and really breathe. I didn't want any guitar solos or anything like that, any of the things that people tend to associate, probably more than they should, with our band."


The Daily Beast explores the emergence of online, indie book clubs.


PopMatters lists 10 great shoegaze songs "submerged beneath the service."


Michael Chabon talks to the Georgia Straight about his new novel, Telegraph Avenue.

"Pop culture is culture to me," Chabon says. "I wouldn't hesitate to make a reference to a relatively well-known aspect of Star Trek any more than I would hesitate to make a reference to Norse mythology or British literature or any of the other things that form a part of my overarching cultural context."


Bookworm interviews Joshua Cohen about his short fiction collection Four New Messages.


Paste lists the 15 best Bob Dylan albums.


The Millions interviews Matthew Parker about his graphic novel memoir, Larceny in My Blood.


NPR Music is streaming M83's recent Washington concert.


The Atlantic reviews the recently released break-up inspired albums by Jens Lekman and The XX.


NPR Books excerpts from Jasper Fforde's new young adult novel, The Last Dragonslayer.


All Tomorrows Parties shares a streaming and downloadable mixtape for its 2012 I'll Be Your Mirror music festival.


Win two books by Nick Hornby (More Baths Less Talking and Fever Pitch) and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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

Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for sale for $2.99.

Amazon MP3 offers over 300 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.


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)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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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