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July 31, 2013

Shorties (A Martin Amis Radio Documentary, The Meat Puppets Daytrotter Session, and more)

BBC Radio 4's Meeting Myself Back documentary series profiles author Martin Amis.

Stream the Meat Puppets Daytrotter session.

The Airship interviews Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields and Future Bible Heroes.

All Things Considered interviews Michael walker about his new book, What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road With Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born.

OUPblog lists five quirky facts about singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson.

Spin lists the best and worst Lollapalooza lineups ever.

London's Francis Kane Gallery hosts an exhibit of artwork by James Joyce.

All Things Considered remembers Hoboken's legendary club, Maxwell's.

The Paris Review holds a tournament to decide which fictional character would make the best friend.

The Reading Post interviews author Irvine Welsh.

As we know, Trainspotting was set in the 1980s, and dealt with punk, growing up and heroin addiction. What issues do you think it would deal with if it were set in 2013?

Well, there is no youth culture, or any culture outside of media culture now, so it certainly wouldn't be about punk. But growing up will always be a popular subject, and heroin addiction is now almost equally ubiquitous.

Geekologie points out a new limited edition heart-shaped Beatles single, pressed on red vinyl.

Biographile calls for a definitive J.K. Rowling biography.

The A.V. Club lists bands named after real or fictional educatiors.

BuzzFeed recommends 25 YA books for adults who don't read YA.

Stream Medicine's first album in 18 years at Flavorwire.

The Interview Show interviews author Jami Attenberg.

Paste lists the most infamous band feuds in rock history.

NPR Books recommends five books about the urban experience.

The Guardian reports that Richard Reed Parry of the Arcade Fire has started a folk band, Quiet River of Dust.

Tablet reviews two new graphic novels that feature personal Holocaust stories.

Federico Mauro shares illustrations of famous musicians' guitars.

Win J.K. Rowling's new pseudonymous novel and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, 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)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
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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