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January 5, 2012

Shorties (David Lynch, Jonathan Lethem, and more)

David Lynch talks film and music in an interview with Slate.

Bookworm interviews author Jonathan Lethem.

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.

Angela Slatter interviews author China Mieville about his most recent novel, Embassytown.

Dr Lisa: Ursula Le Guin lavished praise on the book in her Guardian review, which led me to think: are there echoes of The Left Hand of Darkness in Embassytown? Has Le Guin’s writing been a source of inspiration for your own work?

Dr China: Certainly, and certainly. I don’t know that I was specifically riffing off LHOD, but Le Guin has been a very big figure in my mind, yes, for a long time. Her anthropological approach and critical take on colonialism, her use of language, all the things you would expect. In a way, Embassytown was in part a reversed homage to her (I don’t mean an anti-homage, I mean a sincere homage reversing terms) in the sense that one of the most incredibly valuable pieces of furniture she came up with for SF is the ansible, allowing instantaneous communication. I wanted to posit a universe that was profoundly ansibleless, in which communications were the opposite of instantaneous, and the peculiarities of politics — especially colonial politics — rule at a distance and extended lag would mean a return to a kind of maritime empire style of the 18th and early 19th Century, which is why the immer is maritime-esque.

PopMatters declares 2011 "music's most electronic year yet."

Newsarama shares an excerpt from Chip Kidd's forthcoming graphic novel, Batman: Death by Design.

Bassnectar Explains Dubstep (in under 3 minutes) (video)

Ayad Akhtar talks to Morning Edition about his new novel American Dervish.

Author Leigh Stein shares a winter music playlist at The Outlet.

The Millions explores the depiction of Middle eastern women in fiction and film.

At Side-Line, stream the New Order tribute album, Power, Corruption & Lies.

Drowned in Sound interviews singer-songwriter Josh T. Pearson.

The Fictionaut Blog interviews author Brad Listi.

Comics Should Be Good offers tips on designing a comic book logo.

At The Believer, Amanda Stern interviews musician Laurie Anderson.

Fresh Air interviews Kitty Ferguson about her new book, Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind.

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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