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January 11, 2012

Shorties (Wilco, Video Games Worth Playing for Their Writing, and more)

Pop & Hiss interviews Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche about his craft and finding percussion in found sounds.

Chamber Four lists 10 (more) video games worth playing for their writing. The original list from a year ago.

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 Sunday 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.

CinemaBlend reports that Deborah Harkness's novel A Discovery of Witches is being adapted into a film.

The Chairs is an indie rock webcomic. (via Pop Candy)

The A.V. Club lists 15 comics that inspired forgotten TV adaptations.

The 2012 Story Prize finalists have been named. lists six bands to watch in 2012.

The A.V. Club interviews Anthony Gonzales of M83.

AVC: When you think cinematically about a song, are you being specific with how you see a song? Do you imagine particular visuals?

AG: Yeah, I'm a very visual person. I love to imagine a lot of different landscapes while composing my music. I'm very influenced and inspired by movies as well. I like to have a visual reference when composing, it's very important to me.

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber talks to Shots about his new graphic novel, Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works.

Stream a new Leonard Cohen song.

The Christian Science Monitor lists 10 self-published novelists who hit it big in 2011.

Washingtonian interviews Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda.

At the Guardian, Andrew Gallix reflects on the many false alarms predicting the death of literature.

NPR reviews poet and singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron's memoir The Last Holiday.

Fictionaut interviews author Zoe Zolbrod.

Saveur's series Recipe Comix features comic artists illustrating recipe.

The Believer has a Tumblr.

Paste is streaming Cate Le Bon's new album CYRK.

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2012 shortlist has been announced.

Matablog is profiling indie music stores across the U.S.

The Rumpus interviews Shalom Auslander about his novel Hope: A Tragedy.

The Guardian reviews Jay-Z's new song about his newborn daughter, and also rates other musicians' tributes to their babies.

The Guardian lists the top 10 books about the internet.

Win my three favorite albums of the year 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 (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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