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November 26, 2011

Shorties (Elvis Costello, Jeffrey Eugenides, and more)

Forbes points out Elvis Costello's surprising attitude toward Hip-O's release of his limited edition live box set, The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook (out December 6th).

Costello clearly doesn't want people to boycott the record on the grounds of quality – the blogpost speaks highly of the loveliness of both the recording and the box set itself. It also points out that the CD and DVD will be available at a far lower price in the New Year. However, the reference in the title of the post – to Abby Hoffman's 'Steal this Book' – seems to have been missed by some readers, leading to a shorter follow-up, titled "Let's make things sparklingly clear" (yet another reference, this time to 'A Clockwork Orange').

At the Guardian, Jeffrey Eugenides discusses writing his novel Middlesex.

Prospero and More Intelligent Life interview Eugenides about his latest novel, The Marriage Plot.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated Thursday with 27 lists, including MTV's biggest pop music trends, Flavorwire's best indie-pop singles and albums, Frontier Psychiatrist's best music videos and cover songs, and many more year-end music lists.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 38 lists, including The Independent's year-end book lists, cookbook recommendations from Epicurious and Bon Appetit, and many more year-end "best books" lists.

The Guardian debates Pulp's greatest album.

GOOD explains why the Occupy Wall Street Library's destruction is so unsettling.

The New York Times interviews Noel Gallagher of Oasis about his solo career.

Joan Didion discusses her new memoir, Blue Nights.

Rocks Off shares a 2011 punk, metal, and indie rock Christmas music playlist.

If You're Just Joining Us interviews Lauren Beukes about her Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel Zoo City.

Salon has musicians share the catchiest song they heard in 2011.

The Guardian lists 10 of the most memorable libraries in literature.

The Independent examines the increasing influence of women writers in science fiction.

Salon offers gift suggestions for the year's most intriguing fictional characters.

Tor asks the question, "Are zombies really the harbinger of genre crossover?"

On sale today for $4.99 at Amazon MP3: Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run album.

The List chooses the best books from Scotland.

The Oxford American offers many online exclusives for its annual music issue, which features Mississippi music.

The Morton Report interviews cartoonist Seymour Chwast about adapting classics like The Canterbury Tales into graphic novels.

Morning Edition examines the positive consequences of writing and performing new holiday songs.

The Wall Street Journal profiles literary hotels.

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

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

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

also at Largehearted Boy:

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

List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists

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

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