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October 21, 2012

Shorties (The Flannery O'Connor Soundboard, An Excerpt from Pete Townshend's New Memoir, and more)

The Flannery O'Connor soundboard, loaded with samples of the legendary author reading.

Rolling Stone Excerpts from Pete Townshend's new memoir, Who I Am.

Flavorwire recommends 10 essential alternative anthologies for the modern reader.

Paste ranks Radiohead's albums from best to worst.

At The Week, author Jami Attenberg lists her six favorite books with overweight protagonists.

All Things Considered interviews Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard about his new solo album, Former Lives.

The New Statesman interviews Chris Ware about his new comics collection, Building Stories.

Your new book, Building Stories, ships as a box with 14 interconnected tales told through books, pamphlets, broadsheets and panoramas. Is experimenting with format something you've always enjoyed doing?

Absolutely; I never liked the traditional American comic book format and tried early on to do something that both felt different and was more attuned to the material it presented – which was exactly what was happening 100 years ago in comic strips, but a trend which went into the remission of newsprint booklets by the time I was born. I wanted to open up the possibilities for other cartoonists just as Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly's RAW magazine had opened up the possibilities for us. Kim Thompson at Fantagraphics was really willing to experiment; I remember how much he and I sweated the idea of putting out a comic book that was just 1/2" shorter than the standard format in 1993. It seems ridiculous now, but I was and still am grateful to him for letting me do it.

The xx visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Deadline New York reports that Lionsgate has acquired the film rights to Amor Towles' novel Rules of Civility.

Legendary indie zine Chickfactor is printing its first issue in 10 years.

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.

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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)
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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