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January 23, 2012

Shorties (Stream Leonard Cohen's New Album, William Gibson on the Future, and more)

At NPR, stream Leonard Cohen's new album, Old Ideas (out January 31st).

At All Things Considered, author Lev Grossman recommends three books for your inner geek.

New York Magazine profiles n+1's new literary personals section.

am New York interviews author Elmore Leonard.

At NPR, author Emma Straub recommends three "rich and snooty" reads.

At NPR, stream Gotye's new album, Making Mirrors (out January 31st).

The Independent Weekly interviews Daniel Handler about his new book, Why We Broke Up (a collaboration with illustrator Maira Kalman).

Salon interviews William Gibson about his new essay collection, Distrust That Particular Flavor.

At NPR, stream Adam Acuragi's new album, Like a Fire That Consumes It All Before It... (out January 31st).

George Pelecanos talks to the Wall Street Journal about selling his latest novel as a 99 cent e-book.

Mr. Pelecanos compared the sales strategy for his 99-cent e-book with the experience of buying a song for 99 cents from a band he doesn't know. "If we sell 100,000 e-books for 99 cents I won't make money, but the assumption is that if the majority like the book we've brought them into the tent," he said. "Hopefully, that will trigger sales in my library."

Morning Edition talks to publishers and booksellers about Amazon's move into the publishing business.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy about touring.

Weekend Edition interviews Alec Wilkinson about his new book, The Ice Balloon: S.A. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration.

The Guardian has details of Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's collaboration with Polish composer Krysztof Penderecki.

The Other People podcast interviews author Alan Heathcock.

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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