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January 15, 2012

Shorties (Definitive Jest, The Most Misunderstood Songs, and more)

Definitive Jest is a vocabulary building blog built on words from David Foster Wallace's novel Infinite Jest.


USA Today reviews Adam Johnson's new novel The Orphan Master's Son.


Flavorwire lists the most misunderstood songs in rock 'n' roll history.


The Poetry Foundation offers independent bookstores tips to survive in the age of Amazon.


AllMediaNY lists the 10 most anticipated albums of 2012.


Alan Bennett talks to All Things Considered about his new short story collection, Smut.


Mike Skinner, formerly of the Streets, Tweeted a link to a new instrumental, "2 Many Whiskey Sours."


The Guardian gathers reactions from Arab writers to last year's political upheavals in their countries.


Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy talks touring with the Denver Post.


South Coast Today interviews author Emma Straub.

Lauren: What do you like about the short story compared to novel?

Emma: In addition to the obvious — the fact that you can read an entire short story on a subway ride — I think it's impressive how some short story writers manage to make you feel the same kind of emotional payoff you get from a novel, but in a span of 20 pages. Real short story writers can make the world stop.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Neon Indian's album Era Extrana.


ShortList Magazine lists the 50 coolest books of all time.


The January Music Alliance Pact has been posted, and contains music recommended by bloggers all over the world.


The Rumpus reviews Dennis Cooper's novel The Marbled Swarm in comic form.


Neil Gaiman and John Hodgman discuss audiobooks and their creation.


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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