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January 28, 2012

Shorties (Elmore Leonard, Books About Leonard Cohen, and more)

The Guardian profiles author Elmore Leonard.

With Leonard Cohen releasing his new album, Old Ideas, this Tuesday, the Montreal Gazette recommends several books about the legendary singer-songwriter.

Lifehacker offers musicians tips to release music independently online.

Wil Wheaton shares his thoughts on self-publishing. (via)

The Allentown Morning Call profiles the band Girls in Trouble.

Rabins, 34 years old and seven and a half months pregnant, is the songwriter and leader of the art-pop trio Girls in Trouble. It may sound like the perfect name for a powerhouse all-female punk band laying down driving beats and staccato guitar, but Girls in Trouble is really more a reference to Rabins' lyrical inspiration. She's inspired by the rather complicated lives of the women found in the Torah, which is the written tradition found in the Five Books of Moses that begin the Hebrew Bible, as well as the traditional word of mouth interpretations embodied in the Talmud and Midrash.

Brain Pickings lists quotes from writers on truth vs. fiction.

All Songs Considered lists its least favorite music genre names.

PWxyz lists the five books that inspire the most tattoos.

The Fix is creating Spotify music playlists for every primary state. First up, Florida.

The Guardian profiles the crime writing MFA program at London's City University.

Launched in response to student demand, and to the growing popularity of the genre, the UK's first creative writing masters dedicated to crime and thriller novels is another harbinger of a "second golden age of crime writing".

The Wall Street Journal profiles Joel Beckerman, a composer who sepecializes in "sonic logos" for brands.

He's one of a handful of composers who specialize in sonic logos, or the audio equivalents of the Nike "swoosh" or John Deere's leaping deer. More concise than a theme song and subtler than a jingle, sonic logos are brief melodies or sound effects designed to cement a brand in the consumer's subconscious mind. Famous examples include the five-note Intel bong, McDonald's "Ba da ba ba ba" signoff and NBC's three-note chime, in use since 1929.

Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham discuss their graphic novel Level Up (one of my favorites of 2011) with Comic Book Resources.

The Outlet shared some kind words and photos about this week's Largehearted Boy 10th anniversary celebration.

Weekend Edition interviews Penelope Lively about her new novel How It All Began.

Read an excerpt from the book.

The Record explores music subscription plans offered by indie labels Stones Throw and Ghostly.

All Things Considered has launched a new series, Newspoet, where a poet will recap the day's news in a poem.

Funk Archeology goes vinyl crate digging at Manhattan's East Village record stores.

Weekend Edition interviews John Green about his new young adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars.

Read an excerpt from the book.

Amazon MP3 has 1,000 digital albums on sale for $5.

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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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