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January 7, 2012

Shorties (Howard Jacobson, David Bowie, and more)

Author Howard Jacobson sings the praises physical books at the Independent.

True, you can go back on a Kindle, but you can't bend or savage the page, can't familiarise or manhandle or otherwise make the book as physical object intrinsic to the pleasure of the words; and that's a pleasure forfeited because the tactility of a book – its weight, its size, its feel in the hand (the sensuousness that enraptured Melvyn Bragg) – will often match the tactility of what's in it, or vice versa, until in memory at least there's no saying where the one began and the other ended. The smell of a book might not reflect its literary content, but circumjacent associations wed a book to life.

The Guardian profiles David Bowie on the musician's 65th birthday.

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.

The Financial Times interviews author Jeanette Winterson.

PCWorld reports that digital music sales have overtaken physical CDs in the United States.

Paste previews 25 albums to be released in 2012.

The Washington Post profiles children's author Mo Willems.

The Guardian has named the shortlist for its first album award.

At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Matthew Specktor reflects on James Baldwin's mentorship.

The Jewish Daily Forward examines the future of digital publishing.

Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein talks to Underwire about her comedy series Portlandia and fandom.

"For film and television, it's interesting how fans feel that their particular ways of manifesting their affections are the correct ones," Brownstein said. "It's not just about being a fan, it's about how you perform your fandom. That’s always been interesting to me."

Salon and Fresh Air also interview Brownstein.

Blogtown, PDX collects links to coverage of the show's season premiere.

Norwegian Wood director Tran Anh Hung talks to Speakeasy about how Haruki Murakami helped adapt the novel for the big screen.

Stream a track from Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn's solo album Clear Hearts Full Eyes.

The Guardian shares a calendar of 2012 literary events.

Noircast is a podcast devoted to film noir. (via)

Morning Edition interviews Thomas Caplan about his new novel, The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen, which includes an introduction written by Bill Clinton.

The Line of Best Fit streams Niki and the Dove's recent BBC Radio 1 live session.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best clocks in literature.

At the Globe and Mail, Canadian authors list their literary mentors.

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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