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January 9, 2012

Shorties (Stream Kathleen Edwards' New Album, Tilda Swinton on Virginia Woolf's Orlando, and more)

At NPR, stream the new Kathleen Edwards album, Voyageur (out January 17th).

At the Telegraph, actress Tilda Swinton shares her love for Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated last 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 yesterday with 95 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including the Austin Chronicle's books of the year, Austenprose's top Jane Austen-inspired books, WonderAli's best moments in comics, and many others.

At NPR, stream the new Laura Gibson album, La Grande (out January 24th).

LitReactor lists the 10 best book to movie casting decisions.

The Nervous Breakdown interviews David Browne about his book Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970.

Daniel G. Walter explains why science fiction is "the literature of change."

The Nervous Breakdown shares a speculative list of books named after R.E.M. song titles.

The Daily Nebraskan interviews author Anuradha Roy.

DN: Nationalism is a major theme of "The Folded Earth," as is the environment. Do you set out writing with a political or social message in mind?

AR: I never start out writing with a message in mind – that kind of fiction is usually dead on arrival for me. The themes became apparent to me as I wrote: They developed from the characters and the setting, not the other way round. If some fiction starts stirring in my head, it happens all together — the people in it, the places — it doesn't feel like a choice. I find it quite difficult to explain these things on a rational level.

Chromewaves shares an mp3 of The Cure covering David Bowie's "Young Americans."

Brain Pickings recommends nine books on reading and writing.

Salon interviews Maura Kelly and Jack Murnighan about their new book, Much Ado About Loving: What Our Favorite Novels Can Teach You About Date Expectations, Not So-Great Gatsbys, and Love in the Time of Internet Personals.

Kelly explores the book's theme at the Guardian.

DIY lists 2012's most anticipated albums.

Picador has redesigned twelve covers of paperback reissues to celebrate the publisher's 40th anniversary.

Salon explains what the Occupy movement can learn from the Hunger Games books.

The Independent offers a cheatsheet to creating your own breakout artists of 2012 list.

The New York Times examines why authors use Twitter.

At the Guardian, Sam Leith searches for the perfect wedding first-dance song.

The music-loving world, temperamentally, seems to divide neatly into two. There are those who spend their idle hours thinking about which songs they would like to have played at their wedding; and those who spend their idle hours thinking about which songs they would like at their funeral. (There is a third category: people who spend their idle hours planning for Desert Island Discs, but these characters exist in a separate psychological sphere and need not detain us here.)

At the Wall Street Journal, author Darin Strauss offers tips on starting stories.

Alpha Couple is a band named after the recurring characters in songs by the Mountain Goats.

At the Telegraph, writers choose their favorite Dickens novel.

At NPR, stream the new Howler album, America Give Up (out January 17th).

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: the new Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Friends album.

Book Business encourages publishers to look beyond the bookstore to sell more books.

The Telegraph lists the 20 greatest Sherlock Holmes portrayals in film and television.

Win my three favorite albums of the year and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 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 (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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