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February 2, 2012

Shorties (Leonard Cohen, Edmund White, and more)

The A.V. Club offers a primer to singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen's discography.

At The Browser, Edmund White recommends his favorite works of gay fiction.

Bookworm interviews author Steve Erickson.

Reverb lists 10 musicians in need of a Jack White-style career makeover.

Salt Lake City's City Weekly recommends literary treasures for nerds.

Pop Candy interviews the creator of a Morrissey zine.

At Creative Review, Mark Swan explains the process of designing the cover of the new edition of Philip Larkin's The Complete Poems.

On sale for $3.99 today at Amazon MP3: Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes' Civilized Man album.

The Telegraph lists its favorite Charles Dickens characters.

Author Emma Straub shares a playlist of sad songs at Electric Literature.

The Record tracks the history of trip-hop.

At Morning Edition, Tina Brown recommends three pieces of writing that relate to the lives of dictators.

RIP, Don Cornelius of Soul Train.

Pop & Hiss lists six of the show's classic performances.

Fresh Air interviews Baratunde Thurston about his new book, How to Be Black.

Win Sara Levine's debut novel Treasure Island!!! 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+, Tumblr, 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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