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January 13, 2012

Shorties (Zora Neale Hurston Sings, How Indie Rock Killed Protest Songs, and more)

Sad Men shares a collection of recordings by author Zora Neale Hurston where she discusses and even sings folk songs.

Big Hollywood lists five ways indie rock killed protest songs.

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.

The Guardian shares a Russian literature quiz.

NOW Magazine interviews singer-songwriter Julie Doiron about her new album and yoga teaching.

NPR previews 2012 poetry collections.

The Liminal lists the best krautrock albums ever produced.

BBC News ponders if unfinished novels should be left untouched.

At the Guardian, musicians Tori Amos, Kristin Hersh, Anton Corbin and more recall their big career firsts.

Cartoon Movement is featuring a series of comics about Haiti this week.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn discusses books with musician J. Robbins.

At the Telegraph, travel writer Colin Thurbron recommends five of the best books on Afghanistan.

PopMatters interviews Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces about her solo work.

Hero Complex interviews Keshna Kashyap about her graphic novel Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary.

DV: You came to comics via filmmaking. Did you find your film background helped with the transition into graphic novel writing? Are the crafts similar at all?

KK: Yes and no. It is visual storytelling, so in that way it is similar. I have always loved movies with voice-overs, but words and images are not easy to put together. My way of thinking was to use Mari's beautiful drawings and illustrative storytelling to make certain ideas in the book larger.

Singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan shares her fantasy band lineup with the Independent.

The Wall Street Journal interviews Elmore Leonard about his writing career.

The FontFeed recreates album covers with clip-art and the Comic Sans font. (via)

Connie Rice talks to Morning Edition about her new memoir, Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones.

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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