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January 8, 2012

Shorties (Chad Harbach, Sub Pop Records, and more)

The Guardian reviews Chad Harbach's debut novel The Art of Fielding, and lists three other books that aspired to be "the great American novel."

The Los Angeles Times examines the recent success of Sub Pop Records.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated 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 Monday with 81 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including Washington Post book critic Ron Charles' favorite novels and many others.

The Telegraph looks back on Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska album, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Full Stop interviews author Lars Iyer.

Do you place much value on the criticism your work has received? For the past decade we’ve seen a series of cuts to predominant literary magazines and literary supplements, and in response, criticism has moved online. Do you think this move to the non-professional realm has made literary criticism more or less of an isolated cult?

I certainly value the criticism my work has received. The fact that such criticism even exists is impressive to me. Spurious has received many appreciative reviews, including several dozen by readers of all kinds who had to write a short review of the novel in order to vote for it in The Guardian Not the Booker prize. For all that, I must admit, I’d like to see a backlash for Dogma, which is coming out in February. I dream of a detailed take down by Michael Hoffman, as he did for Stefan Zweig a while back, something really cruel … I have a desire to be told off, to be not allowed to get away with it. A desire for the order of the world to be restored, even as I know that it cannot be restored. This, of course, is really the desire for an older literary world, a world of tradition and security from which I feel utterly estranged. It is really a sense of nostalgia and mourning, which is, of course, very much part of Spurious itself. I long for a world in which Spurious itself could not exist, and which would never permit me to posture as a literary author.

The Observer calls for an end to covers of the Pogues' "Faiytales of New York."

HTMLGIANT interviews Dennis Cooper about his latest novel, The Marbled Swarm.

Conversational Reading interviews Natasha Wimmer about translating Roberto Bolano's novel The Third Reich.

The Chicago Tribune wonders if this is the twilight era of blues music.

At the Observer, Robert McCrum thinks that craftsmanship and design give hardback books an edge over ebooks.

PopMatters looks back on twenty years of the Lollapalooza music festival.

Thomas Frank talks to All Things Considered about his new book, Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right.

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

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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