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September 7, 2013

Shorties (Cassette Store Day, Mario Batali's Favorite Books, and more)

Today is Cassette Store Day.

The A.V. Club examines the resurgence of the format.

Spin shares a collection of bootlegs. official releases, and homemade cassettes.

Chef Mario Batali lists his favorite books at Business Insider.

At Dazed Digital authors Tao Lin and Ben Brooks interview each other.

The Los Angeles Review of Books reviews Evelyn McDonnell's new book Queens of Noise: The Real Story of The Runaways.

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews NY Tyrant publisher Giancarlo DiTrapano.

Famous Class Music is auctioning a selection of test pressings and out of print singles (by Deerhoof, Ty Segall, A Place to Bury Strangers, and others) to benefit VH1's Save the Music Foundation.

The Kenyon Review interviews author T.C. Boyle.

What have you learned about the writing process in the last five years?

That it is very hard. Beyond that, that it is the true joy of my existence, the only way I can mediate my experience on this mysterious and fatal planet. To dream while awake is a truly great thing. And to get paid for doing it, well, that just takes existence to a whole new level.

Children's author Sandra Boynton talks to Weekend Edition about her new CD-songbook, Frog Trouble, which contains contributions from Ryan Adams, Ben Lee, and others.

Weekend Edition interviews actor Billy Crystal about his new memoir Still Foolin' 'Em.

The New Yorker excerpts from Keith Houston's new book Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks.

Richard Hell reads from his autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp.

Dime lists the 15 best basketball books of all time.

The Airship shares 22 out of print J.D. Salinger short stories you can read online.

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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