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June 3, 2011

Shorties (Wilco, Practical Writing Tips from Authors, and more)

The Harrisburg Patriot-News interviews Christoph Green about the concert film he produced, Wilco Live: Ashes of American Flags.

NeuroTribes lists practical writing tips from authors.

The Guardian profiles singer-songwriter Frank Turner.

The tattoos and rough-and-ready lifestyle might seem at odds with the self-effacing Turner's cerebral, well-spoken demeanour, but both have roots in a conflicted adolescence. Some detractors in the blogosphere have queried if his Billy Bragg-style, man-of-the-people schtick is appropriate from a man who was a pupil at Eton alongside Prince William. "This is a question that follows me around and I'd really like to lance the boil," says Turner. "I went to a very elite school, sure, but I was on a scholarship: I was a hand-out kid. Plus, does it really make sense to judge my worth and creative output on a decision that my parents made when I was 12? I felt like a social outcast at Eton and that alienation was definitely why I rushed into punk rock with such enthusiastic abandon."

Bury the Lead interviews Evander Lonke and Martin Rowe, authors of Right Off the Bat: Cricket, Baseball, Literature, and Life.

DC9 at Night lists the 28 best whistling songs of all time.

NPR lists summer's best new cookbooks.

Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.

Crawdaddy! interviews Sherri and Stacy DuPree of Eisley about songwriting.

Hammered! spotlights pianist Ryan Francis's Wind-Up Bird Preludes, an album inspired by Haruli Murakami's novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

Brokelyn explains how musicians can apply to play on NYC subway stations.

In his podcast Professor Blastoff, Tig Notaro interviews singer-songwriter Jens Lekman, who plays a new song.

At HTMLGIANT, author Deb Olin Unferth recommends six nonfiction books.

Aquarium Drunkard interviews Martin Larsson of The Radio Dept.

Lifehacker explains how to create an awesome summer reading list.

Sloan visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Fresh Air recommends three historically-themed books for summer reading.

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previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

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