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January 14, 2012

Shorties (Craig Finn's Literary Inspirations, Paulo Coelho's Secrets, and much more)

Clash Music interviews Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn about his literary influences.

You mention Joan Didion and Graham Greene in 'Honolulu Blues' are they influences?

Reading fiction in general is a huge inspiration to me, and those are two authors that I was reading when I wrote that song. They both have written some good things about characters who are living away from their home country. I think that was what I was pointing to when I mentioned those two authors together.

Author Paulo Coelho shares some of his secrets at the Independent.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the SST Records catalog.

Neon Tommy interviews author Aimee Bender.

American Songwriter interviews a music licensing consultant.

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.

Weekend Edition interviews Clay Johnson about his new book, The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption.

In the Guardian, Faber's chief executive discusses the present and future of publishing.

The BBC Music Blog lists 10 early 2012 albums to get excited about.

Omnivoracious interviews author George R.R. Martin, and he answers Facebook fans' questions.

Howler visits The Current studio for a live performance and interview.

In Blurbese, a new online column at Ploughshares, Andrew Ladd examines "contemporary language of book reviews, and names its most egregious offenders."

At All Things Considered, author Thomas Mullen recommends R.E.M.'s "Sweetness Follows" as a perfect winter song.

Comic Book Resources lists 12 comics to look forward to in 2012.

NPR is streaming a live performance by Real Estate.

SF Signal compares three books in a Sherlock Holmes genre anthology smackdown.

The Record explores Spin's decision to Tweet album reviews.

Pop & Hiss
responds to the Spin Twitter reviews in haiku form.

Book Stalker interviews author Carmela Ciuraru about her literary reading event experiences.

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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