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December 22, 2011

Shorties (Trent Reznor, Paul LaFarge, and more)

Trent Reznor talks to the Guardian about his soundtrack for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Bookworm interviews Paul LaFarge about his new novel, Luminous Airplanes.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 58 year-end music lists, including Cover Lay Down's best cover singles, XLR8R's best albums and new artists, and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 33 year-end books lists added today to the master aggregation including The New Republic's best books, NPR's graphic novels of the year, and many others.

At the Guardian, Robert McCrum ponders the past and future of the publishing industry.

At the A.V. Club, the Mountain Goats cover "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

At the A.V. Club, the Walkmen perform and discuss their song "We've Been Had."

Pop Candy interviews Ernest Cline about his debut novel, Ready Player One (one of my favorites of the year).

Alt.Latino shares and discusses 12 Latin American protest songs.

Life + Times interviews Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts about her book Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America.

L+T: New York is a walking city and some of your book is about being in the streets on foot and overhearing conversations. In a city as noisy as New York, what about a conversation makes you tune in, to listen? Do you have a favorite pair of listening shoes?

SRP: Hmmm. So much of that is about kismet, you know? Being on a certain corner at a certain moment when some improbable tale flies out of someone’s mouth. Or stopping to talk to someone when I could have kept walking. I had a meditation teacher talk once about every human encounter having the potential for resonance. When I first arrived in Harlem, I walked really slow and made eye contact with everyone and was so obviously not a New Yorker, and this provoked all kinds of experiences. I would usually follow those moments where they led, so there’s some kind of faith in that. No favorite listening shoes, but I spend summers in Dr. Scholl’s; in other seasons I do a lot of time in clogs. I’m happiest of all in the country feeling invincible in sturdy boots.

The Awl compares the prices of bestselling books over the years.

Tori Amos discusses her latest album with Tell Me More.

Vanessa Veselka reads from the first chapter of her novel Zazen (one of my favorites of the year) at the InDefinite podcast.

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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