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January 16, 2012

Shorties (Leonard Cohen, William Gibson, and more)

This week's New Yorker features a new poem by Leonard Cohen.

William Gibson talks to the National Post about his new book, Distrust That Particular Flavor.

"I worry that this book will give somebody ideas," he says, during a lunchtime interview at a Toronto Japanese restaurant late last week. Gibson, who speaks languidly and shuns eye contact, confesses, rather sheepishly, that he's been avoiding his editors at Wired, and the other publications to which he contributes, in recent weeks. "I'm dodging them desperately.” He distrusts the form. In the collection’s introduction, Gibson writes that working on these essays and articles “felt as though I was being paid to solo on some instrument vaguely related to one I actually knew how to play." He's a writer of fiction, first and foremost, and these pieces were written using "fiction-writing tools," which, at least in his mind, banishes the results to some literary nether region.

iVillage lists new children's books written by celebrity authors.

The Austin American-Statesman profiles the Alabama Shakes.

The Seattle Times gets local reactions from independent booksellers about Nancy Pearl's publishing imprint with Amazon.

"She's no longer going to be simply a librarian; she's now a publisher and, as such, cannot be viewed as objective. No publisher is. And, by being affiliated with Amazon, she's lending her 'brand' to them and can no longer be viewed as free agent. No matter what she recommends from now on, the appearance, suspicion or assumption will always be, fair or not, that Amazon is calling — or at least influencing — her shots."

Vetiver frontman Andy Cabic discusses the evolution of the band's sound at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Weekend Edition interviews Alex Gilvarry about his debut novel, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant.

Matador Live recommends 21 podcasts, including seven for writers.

The Other People podcast interviews author Tayari Jones.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3 today: Lisa Hannigan's album Passenger.

NPR is streaming First Aid Kit's new album, The Lion's Roar (out January 24th).

The Guardian features a new short story by Lydia Davis.

Aquarium Drunkard reflects on the 20th anniversary of the Smashing Pumpkins album Gish.

In the Guardian, Ian Rankin calls for tax incentives for new writers.

NPR is streaming Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (out January 24th).

Now. Here. This. recommends six Scandinavian thrillers for winter reading.

NPR is streaming Rodrigo y Gabriela's new album Area 52 (out January 24th).

The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart, a Tumblr.

World Wide Words recaps the many "words of 2011" lists.

At Between the Margins, authors recap interesting interactions with their readers.

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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