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May 26, 2010

Shorties (Top Guitarists of All Time, Martin Amis, and more)

Gibson is counting down the top 50 guitarists of all time.

The L Magazine interviews Martin Amis about his new novel, The Pregnant Widow.

A Pop Candy reader recommends five young adult books for adults.

Make Major Moves interviews singer-songwriter Holly Miranda.

CBC News reports that an Ottawa high school is staging a play inspired by the Arcade Fire's Neon Bible album.

The Guardian lists the top 10 troubled males in fiction.

County Grind recommends five Talking Heads songs for Florida governor Charlie Crist (whom David Byrne is suing for unauthorized use of one of his songs).

SciFiDig interviews Larry Doyle about >Go Mutants!, his followup novel to I Love You Beth Cooper.

The Telegraph profiles Booker T. Jones.

In 2006, Jones signed with independent label Anti. "They said to me, 'OK Booker – do what you feel, don't do who you’ve been'." In 2008 he was introduced to the Drive-By Truckers. "I heard those three guitars and I knew they could do what I wanted. Then the label said: 'Well, we hear Neil Young playing on that'," Jones laughs. "So he did. Really, this has been me finally getting to do some music that I've had inside me for years. It's a little loud, a little raunchy, but it’s who I am."

IGN interviews comedian and actor David Cross about his new comedy album, Bigger and Blackerer.

The Morning Benders list their favorite things at Pitchfork.

CNN profiles legendary cartoonist Jules Feiffer.

The website for Bret Easton Ellis's Imperial Bedrooms includes streaming music playlists for seven of his books.

Read Ellis's Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist for Lunar Park.

Daniel Clowes talks to the Contra Costa Times about his new graphic novel, Wilson.

On sale at Amazon MP3: The Whigs' 11-track In the Dark album for $2.99.

Illume reviews G. Willow Wilson's new memoir, The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam.

The All Songs Considered Blog has its readers list the best opening album tracks.

Name your favorite song of 2010 and win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and a CD of Sleigh Bells' Treats album in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists