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September 1, 2013

Shorties (John Lewis on His Graphic Novel Memoir, Sly Stone on His Music Career, and more)

Congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis talks to Weekend Edition about his graphic novel memoir, March.

Sly Stone discusses his career in music with the Observer.

The Rumpus interviews author Kiese Laymon.

Rumpus: What is the work of your novel to you and how does your approach to the essay differ from your approach to the novel?

Laymon: In essay writing, I'm trying to push the form of expository writing. I’m trying to remember, trying to reckon, trying to find connections with the world, the nation and me, but I’m always trying to push the form, too, without being too obvious that I’m trying to push the form. The "How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others" essay was so hard to write because of the memories, the sensory stuff, but also because it didn’t follow the form of any essay that I’ve ever read. And the truth that I was exploring necessitated that obliteration of traditional form, I think.

Dangerous Minds points out a free stream of the documentary, The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart.

io9 recommends 10 novels more action-packed than most summer movies.

The Quietus has launched an ebook anthology of its favorite essays from the past five years.

The Guardian examines how Samuel Beckett's obsession with chess influenced his writing.

The Newark Star-Ledger lists fall's 20 hottest album releases.

India Real Time interviews James Astill about his new book The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption, and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India.

CBC News gathers reaction to increased fees for touring musicians entering Canada.

BuzzFeed shares a literary guide to New York City.

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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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