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November 15, 2011

Shorties (Philip Roth, R.E.M., and more)

Tablet explores the literary legacy of Philip Roth.

USA Today interviews the members of R.E.M. about the band's breakup.

Yesterday's update to the list of online "best books of 2011" lists included Kirkus Reviews' fiction lists, Readings' best book covers and titles, Simple Kids' best books for parents, and many more year-end collections.

The Atlantic lists 10 literary characters and their real-life inspirations.

The Irish Times profiles singer-songwriter Leslie Feist.

Slate reviews Haruki Murakami's new novel 1Q84.

Yep Rock Records has 100 digital albums for sale at $3.99 each, including offerings by Bob Mould, The Baseball Project, Kirsten Hersh, Robyn Hitchcock, and others.

The Wall Street Journal interviews author Michael Chabon, "America's coolest writer."

"There is a certain core constituency that I appeal to – comic-book lovers, mostly men, and mostly young people," said Mr. Chabon. "But as I've gotten older it's become a much more diverse group."

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding, aka novelist Wesley Stace.

Daily Writing Tips lists 20 classic novels you can read in one sitting.

Drowned in Sound explains how global radio subverted the UK boy band landscape.

Melville House Books shares Lord of the Flies book covers. (via)

Singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Stephen King talks to Weekend Edition about his new novel 11/22/63.

"11/22/63 was our 9/11," King says. "I'm speaking as a baby boomer now."

Relix lists seven significant musical hiatuses.

At NPR, author Ismet Prcic recommends Irvine Welsh's novel Marabou Stork Nightmares.

Have you ever read a novel that is so propulsive you don't want to put it down (not even to play with your new kitten), and so well-plotted that it doesn't reveal itself to you until its 288th page — which just happens to be the book's final page as well? Marabou Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh is that kind of a novel.

The November edition of the Music Alliance Pact collects 35 songs curated by 35 music bloggers in 35 countries.

Morning Edition explores Ayn Rand's influence on modern American politics.

RIP Laura Kennedy of the Bush Tetras.

Don DeLillo talks to All Things Considered about his new short story collection The Angel Esmaralda.

At Relix, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan interviews Glen Campbell.

Win Bill Clinton's new book Back to Work 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)

Online "Best Books of 2011" Online 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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