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January 12, 2012

Shorties (Adam Johnson's Favorite Books on North Korea, Fred Armisen's Years in Chicago's Music Scene, and more)

At Goodreads, Adam Johnson, author of the new novel The Orphan Master's Son, shares his five favorite books about North Korea.

The Chicago Tribune offers an oral history of Fred Armisen's years in the Chicago music scene.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated last Sunday with 123 year-end music lists added to the master aggregation including BrooklynVegan's favorite albums and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated Sunday with 95 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including the Austin Chronicle's books of the year, Austenprose's top Jane Austen-inspired books, WonderAli's best moments in comics, and many others.

Wilco guitarist Nels Cline talks to the Colorado Springs Independent about the band's approach to recording.

The Measure interviews Alex Gilvarry about his new novel, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant.

OC Weekly previews bands that should be huge in 2012.

The Guardian reviews Chad Harbach's novel The Art of Fielding.

The Art of Fielding feels like a novel from another, more innocent age. It revels in themes that have been unfashionable in literary fiction for generations – team spirit, male friendship, making the best of one's talents. In its optimism and lack of cynicism, in its celebration of the wide open spaces of the Midwest and its confidence in the deep inner meaning of baseball, it is a big American novel of the old school.

Bookworm interviews Dennis Cooper about his new novel, The Marbled Swarm.

The Globe and Mail and The A.V. Club interview author Daniel Handler.

Aquarium Drunkard shares a blues mix.

The Sydney Morning Herald explores the changing role of a literary archivist in a digital age.

Flavorwire lists 10 musicians who should write novels.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn reimagines your favorite television characters as litbloggers.

Consequence of Sound previews 2012's music releases.

Fresh Air interviews Matthew M. Aid about his new book, Intel Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror.

World Cafe interviews singer-songwriter and New Pornographer Kathryn Calder.

The Nervous Breakdown interviews Keshni Kashyap and Mari Araki, author and illustrator of the graphic novel Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary.

American Laundromat Records is releasing a tribute to the Repo Man soundtrack in May.

Fresh Air excerpts from Shalom Auslander's new novel Hope: A Tragedy, one of the funniest books I have read in years.

Page Views profiles Auslander.

Win my three favorite albums of the year and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 1,000 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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