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November 29, 2011

Shorties (John Updike, Sonic Youth, and more)

The New York Times reviews Higher Gossip, John Updike's book of essays and crticicism.

Lee Ranaldo talks to Rolling Stone about the future of Sonic Youth.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated Sunday with 22 new lists, including several by Piccadilly Records, and Salon's list of the year's catchiest songs (submitted by musicians), and many more year-end music lists.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated Sunday with 25 new lists, including the Globe and Mail & Guardian's books of the year list, the New York Times' cookbooks of the year, and many more interesting year-end "best books" lists.

At The Millions, Edan Lupicki lists reasons not to self-publish in 2011-2012.

SPIN offers a timeline of hip-hop's indie rock crush.

Gothamist lists six NYC zines worth reading. examines why big corporations like Pepsi and Scion are supporting independent musicians.

At Salon, Laura Miller makes the case for shopping at your local indie bookstore.

Time music writer Claire Suddath discusses curating the magazine's top album and song lists of the year.

Talk of the Nation interviews Judy Blume about writing for children and censorship.

MTV Geek! lists 10 sexy comic books that are also really good.

Inspired by Stephen King's 11/22/63, the New Straits Times recommends other novels that offer alternate histories.

Songs:Illinois shares a collection of new holiday songs.

Booktrust interviews author Jon McGregor about short stories.

On sale for $1.99 at Amazon MP3: A Very She & Him Christmas album.

Christie Watson talks to the London Evening Standard about her novel Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: The Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas album.

Author Umberto Eco talks to the Guardian about writing and politics.

Does it bother him that the half-dozen novels he has produced since The Name of the Rose propelled him to fictional fame in the early 1980s have had a mixed reception? "You are always shocked by how different critics' opinions are," he says. "I think a book should be judged 10 years later, after reading and re-reading it. I was always defined as too erudite and philosophical, too difficult. Then I wrote a novel that is not erudite at all, that is written in plain language, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, and among my novels it is the one that has sold the least. So probably I am writing for masochists. It's only publishers and some journalists who believe that people want simple things. People are tired of simple things. They want to be challenged."

PopMatters reconsiders the Who's recently remastered Quadrophenia album.

Anthony Bourdain talks to The Scotsman about his forthcoming graphic novel and publishing imprint.

Glen Hansard of the Frames and the Swell Season discusses Dublin's music scene with World Cafe.

Tablet profiles author Joseph Heller.

Win Stephen King's new novel 11/22/63 and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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