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November 20, 2012

Shorties (A Random Book Vending Machine, An Interview with Kathleen Hanna, and more)

All Things Considered interviews a Toronto bookstore owner who put a book vending machine (that dispenses random titles) in his shop.

The A.V. Club interviews seminal musician Kathleen Hanna.

18 entries were added yesterday to the aggregated list of online year-end "best of 2012" book lists was updated yesterday including Kirkus Reviews' children's book lists, Marie Claire's top books, Omnivoracious's books for writers, and much more.

My aggregation of 2012 year-end online music lists was launched yesterday with 31 initial entries.

PopMatters reviews Ann and Nancy Wilson's book about their band, Heart, Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll.

The OUPblog examines the use of music in political ads.

Fresh Air interviews Edward J. Blum about his new book, The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America.

Flavorwire lists 10 great '80s bands you didn't know existed.

LitReactor lists 10 "awesome authors you've never heard of before."

The Telegraph notes that two films are in development about Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

Jon Ronson lists five books on madness at the Daily Beast.

Singer-songwriter Buck 65 discusses the prose of Anais Nin at Drowned in Sound.

The Believer interviews Andrew Gallix, editor of the literary website 3:AM Magazine.

NE: Main concerns ethically?

AG: There is no party line, although we are rather contrarian, hence our tagline (a nod to Groucho Marx, the Ramones, and Adorno): "Whatever it is, we're against it." It sounds rather pedantic, I know, but what I consider to be real literature is always, at some level, a writing against itself.

Deceptive Cadence shares a classical music playlist for Thanksgiving.

The Space Between These Lines explores the connection between writing and music.

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

The New York Observer ponders the future of Jewish fiction with the retirement of Philip Roth.

Win a signed copy of Willie Nelson's new book and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers 100 digital holiday albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,600 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 33,000 free and legal mp3s.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists
The list of online "best of 2012" music lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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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