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January 19, 2012

Shorties (The Mountain Goats, The Agony of the Male Novelist, and more)

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats talks about his new songs with the Austin American-Statesman.

In an essay titled "The Agony of the Male Novelist" at Salon, Teddy Wayne responds to Jennifer Weiner's recent blog post on gender bias in New York Times book reviews.

The New York Post profiles Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and his Greenpoint, Brooklyn home.

The sparseness also leaves room for what’s important, like the Paul Westerberg shrine Finn, 40, prominently displays in the living room.

Bookworm interviews Ismet Prcic about his debut novel Shards, one of my favorites of 2011.

Up on the Sun interviews Wilco bassist John Stirratt.

10 bestselling books that were later debunked.

The L Magazine shares 101 secrets to indie rock success.

At the Small Demons Blog, author Emily St. John Mandel shares some of her influences.

Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco visits World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

Fresh Air interviews Nicholas P. Money about his new book, Mushroom.

Future Islands plays a live session at KCRW.

Smithsonian lists the essential books written by and about Charles Dickens. (via)

NPR Music gets new band recommendations from public radio DJs.

Talk of the Nation interviews Henry Alford about his new book, Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That: A Modern Guide to Manners.

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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