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December 20, 2011

Shorties (Michael Chabon on eBook Royalties, The Top 20 Smiths Songs, and more)

Author Michael Chabon talks to the Associated Press about eBook rights.

"When it comes to royalties on a paper book, that rate (25 percent) is completely fair when you think of the expenses a publisher takes on — the delivery trucks and the factory workers and the distribution chains. But it's not fair for them to take a roughly identical royalty for an ebook that costs them nothing to produce."

Prefix lists the top 20 Smiths songs.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 46 year-end music lists added to the master aggregation including Said the Gramophone's best songs, You Ain't No Picasso's favorite albums, and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 22 year-end books lists added to the master aggregation, including the Telegraphs cookbooks of the year, NPR's top YA Novels, Brain Pickings' food books and many others.

Flavorwire shares a literary mixtape for Mowgli from The Jungle Book.

Complex lists the 25 best Christmas albums of all time.

Talk of the Nation interviews Chad Harbach about his debut novel The Art of Fielding.

The Montreal Gazette recommends 25 Christmas songs.

All Things Considered examines the enduring popularity of Sherlock Holmes.

At the A.V. Club, Wye Oak covers Brenda Lee's "Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day."

At SF Signal, a mainstream genre writer writes a letter to literary fiction. (via)

CBC News interviews St. Vincent's Annie Clark about her latest album Strange Mercy.

The Exhibitionist interviews cartoonist Susie Cagle, who has been documenting the Occupy Oakland movement.

You mention that the best way to portray this is through words and images. The cool thing about your work to me is that it has a personal interpretation, because you're drawing it, not photographing it.

Drawing is just as subjective as writing and just as subjective as photography. Photography to me is not pure documentation because the photographer chose and angle and chose a subject and chose the timing. I try to be intellectually honest with the way I draw things. I very rarely do caricatures. I also don't exaggerate what people say and do, which is what people think of when they hear "cartoons" and "cartoonists." I get what you're saying. It is a personal filter. I just see that personal filter in all different sorts of media. It's just really obvious in drawing because you see the drawing style before anything else.

Click Track recommends holiday albums and songs.

Carl T. Bogus talks to All Things Considered about his new book, William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism.

At Lessons in Curating. Lessons in Culture. Lynne Tillman shares the creative process behind her novel No Lease on Life.

The Comics Reporter interviews cartoonist Art Spiegelman.

On sale for $3.99 today at Amazon MP3: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' new album Soul Time!.

The Huffington Post lists nine books shaping the next generation of mystery writers.

Fresh Air interviews Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor about composing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo score.

To the Best of Our Knowledge interviews author Dean Bakopoluos about his novel My American Unhappiness.

Sound of the City has authors list their favorite 2011 music to listen to while writing.

30 essential reads for philosophy majors.

Win one of three Threadless gift certificates 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.

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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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