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July 26, 2013

Shorties (Rappers' Actual Wealth Vs. Lyrical Brags, Book Cover Cliches, and more)

Businessweek graphs rappers' actual wealth versus their lyrical brags.

BuzzFeed lists book cover cliches.

Ryan McIlvain explains how to write fiction about Mormons at The Rumpus.

Clash shares a primer to the discography of Metallica.

Book Riot lists the best audiobooks of 2013 (so far).

Nick Lowe is streaming his new holiday album, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family (out October 29th).

At the Guardian, author Anakana Schofield discusses the perils of publicizing a novel today.

These days, an author, especially an unknown author, must – in order to entice any readers to her work who aren't blood relatives – write endless unpaid blogs, articles and responses for newspapers and magazines and random people creating things in basements. What results is the subsidising of publishers by outsourcing the marketing of the book to the writer, and now and again the subsidising of often giant media corporations, who in times gone by would have had to pay her.

Aquarium Drunkard shares a 1976 Tom Waits performance.

NPR Books recommends historical fiction for summer reading.

The Independent reports that sales at independent record stores surged 44% in the first six months of this year.

Placing Literature allows you to map scenes from books.

Stereogum lists the best Shins songs.

The Atlantic lists authors' favorite forst lines of books.

Paste recommends songs for a road trip playlist.

The Great Gatsby Chart is a poster that breaks down the characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, chapter by chapter.

The Creators Project shares a documentary covering the 10 year history of the band The Postal Service,

Biographile makes the case for a comprehensive Joan Didion biography.

Stream the new AlunaGeorge album, Body Music (out August 27th).

Word and Film lists literary allusions in Woody Allen films.

Win Piper Kerman's memoir Orange Is the New Black and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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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)
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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