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July 3, 2013

Shorties (An Excerpt from David Rakoff's Last Novel, An Interview with Big Star's Jody Stephens, and more)

NPR Books excerpts from David Rakoff's posthumous novel Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.


Aquarium Drunkard interviews Big Star's Jody Stephens about the documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me.

Aquarium Drunkard: What’s your reaction to Nothing Can Hurt Me? Is it emotionally draining, or like revisiting old friends?

Jody Stephens: It is like visiting old friends. There are certainly really sad moments, because Carole Manning is there and she’s passed away. Jim Dickinson’s no longer here. Alex {Chilton} and Andy {Hummel} are gone. That’s really the tragedy of Big Star, that Chris {Bell}, Alex and Andy are gone. Alex and Andy went fairly close together. Outside of that, it’s nothing but a great story for me. It’s cool that all these people cared and participated. Danielle McCarthy had the idea and the passion to pursue it. Everyone involved did a great job with it. It took a long time. It was six years in the making, so you have to have that passion. It’s cool that people care.


The Oxford University Press blog recommends books for Independence Day reading.


PopMatters lists the top 20 Jay-Z songs.


Frieze interviews Rachel Kushner about her new novel The Flamethrowers.


Tone Deaf and Consequence of Sound reconsider Sufjan Stevens' Michigan album 10 years after its release.


American Book Review lists the 100 best first lines from novels.


Former Girls frontman Christopher Owen visits World Cafe for an interview and live performance.


DealBook recommends a summer reading list for financial professionals.


The New York Times profiles Jason Everman, who became a war hero after being kicked out of the bands Soundgarden and Nirvana.


Flavorwire lists truly horrible beach reads.


The A.V. Club contends that the music from the animated sitcom Bob's Burgers deserves an Emmy.


Paste lists the best books of 2013 (so far).


Pitchfork is streaming the new Salvia Plath album, The Bardo Story.


Win Tim Federle's new book of literary cocktails, Tequila Mockingbird, and a dozen Lick'r Lollies lollipops from Spirited 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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