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December 8, 2011

Shorties (Nick Lowe, William Gibson, and more)

Nick Lowe visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Chicago Sun-Times also profiles Lowe.


The Paris Review interviews author William Gibson.


The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 27 year-end music lists added to the master aggregation, including Rolling Stone's top albums, Paste's best new bands, and many more. year-end music lists.


The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 29 year-end book lists, including Salon's best fiction, the Chicago Tribune's top wine books, and the Algonguin Books Blog's recommendations by authors.


Book designers discuss the current state of their craft at the Independent.


Stereogum profiles the band Blonds.

West Palm, Florida's Blonds are about to self-release their debut EP Dark Roots, and it will eventually make its way onto many a sync-agent/label A&R person's desk: its strongest tracks are practically custom-tailored to fit the mold of the throwback hooky, boy/girl rom-com pop spread by Tennis, and the bittersweet glockenspieled escapism of Cults.


Bookworm interviews Joan Didion about her new memoir Blue Nights.


The L Magazine previews 22 2012 notable albums.


Chip Kidd talks about his forthcoming Batman graphic novel with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Singer-songwriter Tori Amos talks about touring with a string quartet with the Vancouver Sun.


Talk of the Nation interviews John Lithgow about his new memoir, Drama: An Actor's Education.


The Atlantic has contributors and assorted luminaries share their holiday wishlists.


Fresh Air interviews Christopher Kimball about the new Cook's Illustrated Cookbook.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: the Listen To Me: Buddy Holly covers compilation.


Comics writer Alan Moore talks to Fast Company about Harvey Pekar's influence on his work, Frank Miller's politics, and why he usually avoids the internet.


At TIME, Lev Grossman lists seven 2012 books to get excited about.


The Quietus suggests entry points into the vast Guided By Voices discography.


Help fund an Archers of Loaf concert film.


20 cool book club trends you should try.


The Afghan Whigs are reuniting for a series of shows next year.


The Bat Segundo Show interviews author Joyce Carol Oates.


Win Lev Grossman's novels The Magicians and The Magician King 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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