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January 20, 2012

Shorties (Talking Heads, Elmore Leonard, and more)

Studio 360 interviews David Byrne about the Talking Heads' early years.

Talk of the Nation interviews author Elmore Leonard about writing fiction and television scripts.

Drummer Wes Marskell of the Darcys talks to the Boston Globe about the band's full album cover of Steely Dan's Aja, and lists five other albums the band would love to cover.

Flavorwire lists 15 of the greatest literary mustaches.

Reverb recommends singer-songwriter Alina Simone's essay collection You Must Go and Win.

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn talks sports and his solo album with Sports Illustrated.

The Guardian and Independent review his new album, Clear Heart Full Eyes.

The Sydney Morning Herald interviews John Green about his new young adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars.

"We don't tend to write about disease in fiction - not just teen novels but all American novels - because it doesn't fit in with our idea of the heroic romantic epic," he says. "There is room only for sacrifice, heroism, war, politics and family struggle. I really wanted to write a little epic - the truth about how all our lives are circumscribed by disease."

Drowned in Sound interviews Orlando Weeks and Felix White of the Maccabees.

The Wall Street Journal notes the new crop of digital books featuring multimedia extras.

Enhanced e-books—which have multimedia features such as audio, video, pop-up graphics, 3-D images and animation—are being touted as the next frontier in the digital-books landscape. The explosive growth of e-book sales, coupled with the rapid adoption of iPads, Nook Tablets and Kindle Fires, has prompted publishers to experiment with new types of interactive books. Many in the industry will be watching closely to see whether "Chopsticks" becomes a literary trailblazer that ushers in a new species of e-book, or a cautionary tale of an elaborate flop.

All Things Considered interviews Kathleen Edwards about her new album, Voyageur.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Stewart O'Nan's new novel The Odds.

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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