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January 22, 2012

Shorties (Pop Music Tastemakers, The Best French Noir Novels, and more)

The Financial Times arts podcast discusses who the pop music tastemakers are these days. (via)

At the Wall Street Journal, R.J. Ellory lists the five best French noir novels.

The Boston Globe lists 12 musical acts to listen for in 2012.

Hari Kunzru explains why he read from Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses in Jaipur.

We felt that it was important to show support for Salman, who is often misrepresented and caricatured as a sort of folk-devil, by people who know little or nothing about his work. This situation has arisen in India at a time when free speech is under attack. Recent moves to institute ‘pre-screening’ of internet content, and knee-jerk bans of books such as Joseph Lelyveld’s masterly biography of Gandhi, show that these are not good times for those who wish to say unpopular things in the world’s largest democracy. We decided that we would use our afternoon session, in which Amitava was due to interview me about my novel, Gods Without Men, to highlight the situation. We decided (without consulting the festival organizers, or anyone else) that I would make a statement, and then we would quote from The Satanic Verses. We knew this little-read and much-burned book was banned in India, but it was our understanding that this meant it was a crime to publish, sell, or possess a copy. We knew it would be considered provocative to quote from it, but did not believe it was illegal.

Musicians talk to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about funding their careers via crowdsourcing.

ShortList Magazine shares strange writing rituals of famous authors.

All Things Considered profiles singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin.

Fresh Air interviews Michael Kranish about his new book, The Real Romney.

Weekend Edition gathers musician reactions to Mexico's drug war.

At All Things Considered, neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa recommends three problem-solving reads for the scientific sleuth.

Fire in the Northern Firs visits The Current studio for a live performance and interview.

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for its 2011 book awards. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Teju Cole, Dana Spiotta, and Deb Olin Unferth.

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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