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May 17, 2012

Shorties (Household Tips of Great Writers, The Top Music Biopics, and more)

Brain Pickings points out the book The Household Tips of the Great Writers, and shares several of the famous authors' recipes.

All Shook Down lists the top 10 music biopics.

The Guardian lists the top 10 "eco-books."

Spin lists the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Flavorwire lists famous literary roommates.

The Nashville Scene interviews Lee Ranaldo about his solo album and the Sonic Youth hiatus.

What's the status of Sonic Youth right now? Is the hiatus still indefinite?

Yup. That's where it stands. None of us are talking to each other about doing anything anytime soon. Obviously there are a lot of personal issues being worked out. I think that's going to be that way for a while. ... We're working on a bunch of archival projects and things like that. As far as new performances or new recordings, I don't think anything like that is gonna happen anytime soon.

The Barnes and Noble Review recommends five books about cocktails.

Page-Turner examines the positives of listening to audiobooks.

Bookworm interviews Adam Levin about his short story collection Hot Pink.

PopMatters lists the top 10 lost Midwest punk singles.

At the Guardian, Alain de Botton examines self-help books' decline in prestige.

NME lists the top 100 songs of the '90s.

Flavorwire lists 15 feminist poets you should know.

Drowned in Sound interviews two members of The School of Seven Bells.

Will Ellsworth-Jones discusses his research for his new book Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall.

But spotting one Banksy was hardly enough for a book, so I went on a Banksy hunt of north London. I was helped enormously by the fact that Banksy must surely be the only living artist who has a guidebook dedicated to finding his work. It became something of a treasure hunt and a very enjoyable one at that. You made a little effort for Banksy, and he repaid you. Of the 52 Banksys I was seeking, 40 had gone entirely, although at least two pieces had been actually dismantled and taken away by speculators hoping to make a profit, so these pieces had not quite been lost altogether. Another four were very likely to disappear when the building they were in was demolished. Only seven had survived in some form or another. Banksy would undoubtedly argue that this transience is part of the very nature of street art.

Morning Edition profiles go-go musician Chuck Brown.

The Guardian points out a study that compares Amazon reviewers to professional literary critics.

Although the study points out that there is "virtually no quality assurance" in Amazon's consumer reviews, which can also be "gamed" by publishers or competitors submitting false reviews, they found that, nevertheless, experts and consumers agreed in aggregate about the quality of a book.

Rolling Stone traces the history of the band Garbage.

Florence Williams talks to Fresh Air about her new book Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.

Rolling Stone interviews Kristian Mattson of The Tallest Man on Earth and shares a new song from his forthcoming album There's No Leaving Now (out June 12th).

Win Hilary Mantel's novels Bring Up the Bodies and Wolf Hall and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

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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)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists