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November 27, 2012

Shorties (A Tour of Literary Paris, Mogwai's French Zombie Television Soundtrack, and more)

CNN takes a tour of literary Paris.

The Line of Best Fit reports that Mogwai will soundtrack a French zombie television series.

18 year-end music lists have been added to the master aggregation today, including Paste Magazine's albums of the year, FACT's best record labels and worst cover art, plus much more.

27 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including Kirkus Reviews' fiction lists, Salon's best graphic novels, and much more.

Ray Davies of the Kinks talks songwriting with BBC News.

He says that as a working-class artist, growing up in north London, he realised that "my lyrics were my only power".

The Atlantic lists literary late bloomers.

Flavorwire shares 10 great rock stars' last words.

PopMatters profiles Bazillion Points Books, a publisher of books about heavy metal and punk rock.

Meshell Ndegeocello talks to All Things Considered about covering Nina Simone songs for her new album, Pour Une Ame Souveraine.

"It was important to pick songs that she had written," she says, "because the hope for me is to get more people interested in her, check out her catalog and sort of revive it, and also use her story and learn from her story."

NPR Music is streaming new Christmas albums by Sufjan Stevens, Tracey Thorn, and KEM.

All Things Considered examines the state of independent bookstores.

In recent years, the start of the holiday shopping season has meant nothing but gloom for independent bookstores. But this year, the mood seems to be lifting, and a lot of booksellers are feeling optimistic. Even President Obama kicked off his Christmas shopping at a neighborhood bookstore in Northern Virginia.

Graham Parker talks about his music career arnd reuniting with The Rumour with the A.V. Club.

Fresh Air interviews author Hilary Mantel.

On writing historical fiction

"I make up as little as possible. I spend a great deal of time on research, on finding all the available accounts of a scene or incident, finding out all the background details and the biographies of the people involved there, and I try to run up all the accounts side by side to see where the contradictions are, and to look where things have gone missing. And it's really in the gaps, the erasures, that I think the novelist can best go to work, because inevitably in history, in any period, we know a lot about what happened, but we may be far hazier on why it happened. And there's always the question: Why did it happen the way it did? Where was the turning point? Every scene I go into, I'm looking for these contradictions, antagonisms, turning points, and I'm trying to find out the dramatic structure of history, if you like."

Book Riot lists online book swap sites.

Win Tony Fletcher's new book A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths out in the U.S. soon, here are and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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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