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January 17, 2012

Shorties (Craig Finn, Edmund White, and more)

NPR is streaming Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn's new solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes (out January 24th).

Pitchfork interviews Finn about the record.

Edmund White talks to Metro about his new novel Jack Holmes and His Friend.

Book Boroughing, a NYC literary event calendar and website, launches today, a joint project of The Contextual Life's Gabrielle Gantz and myself.

Sara Levine discusses her debut novel Treasure Island!!! with The 312.

Watch the Arcade Fire's recent Austin City Limits performance.

Neon Filler lists the top 10 disappointing follow-up albums.

Contextual Life profiles Brad Listi's excellent Other People author interview podcast.

Scene Asia interviews a concert promoter about the challenges of booking shows in Hong Kong.

The Believer interviews Joan Didion.

The Arizona Republic interviews Jeff tweedy about the band's latest album The Whole Love and the 10th anniversary of the release of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

Q: It's bizarre to me that anyone would hear that album as difficult.

A: That was my reaction at the time, and it still is. To me, it sounds like a pop record, and that's all it ever was. I never did hear, and I still don't hear, what was that challenging or experimental about it. That's stuff that's been a part of rock music and pop music for a long time in my opinion -- dissonance or a certain amount of static and noise. I thought it communicated very clearly.

Library Journal offers an extensive preview of graphic novels published in April and May.

Prefix discusses the hidden gems in Guided By Voices' discography.

Cultural historian Henry Hitchings discusses his five favorite books on language at The Browser.

SF Signal hosts a roundtable discussion of YA authors who write speculative fiction.

The Guardian Music Blog examines the state of indie rock.

Cullen Murphy talks to Morning Edition about his new book, God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World.

On sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: Ani DiFranco's new album Which Side Are You On?.

Weekend Edition interviews Patricia Cohen about her new book In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age.

Win four of my favorite books of 2011 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 (daily 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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