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November 29, 2012

Shorties (An Interview with Bjork, Great Novels About Newspaperst , and more)

Theartsdesk interviews Bjork about remixes, the meaning of life, and more.

The Telegraph lists 10 great novels about newspapers.

20 year-end music lists have been added to the master aggregation today, including Q Magazine's best albums, Rubyhornet's top Chicago rappers, Paste Magazine's best live acts, and much more.

27 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including New York Times' notable books, Slate's books of the year, the Oregonian's favorite vegan cookbooks, and much more.

PopMatters explores what's lost when print comics are digitized.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats talks to the Nashville Scene about parenthood and songwriting.

"If I were to go from being the guy whose main thing is to locate the places in the darkness and say, 'I will survive this,' to going, 'Ain't my life swell,' I'd be posing," he says. "It seems crass and careerist when someone makes their I-am-a-parent record."

The Rumpus interviews Kurt Vonnegut's daughter, Nanette.

The Rumpus: In a guest piece for The Huffington Post, you say living with your dad was like living with an elephant that was trying to give birth to something twice its size. I can’t get that image out of my head. It’s kind of painful and exciting.

Nanette Vonnegut: Definitely a labor. It was a sensation of living with a lot tension. I was the youngest and I cried all the time. I tried to turn everything into a fairy tale. I’m the most sensitive in the family and I absorbed a lot of what was going on in the house. My father was definitely a man dealing with trauma. This is a man who was carrying the weight of something…not even his wife understood.

The Record profiles Spencer Manio, who places music in commercials and creates custom playlists for retailers.

When you walk into a store Manio has provided a playlist for, you don't notice the music right away. He's not trying to make it jump out at you. It swirls together with the wares for sale, the color of the walls and the attitude of the sales associates. It's part of a whole experience, the ideal confluence of purchaser/thing purchased. It's not just music for running shoes. It's music for winning races

Pop Candy interviews author Lev Grossman about the final book in his Magicians series.

Talk of the Nation interviews Dolly Parton about her new book, Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You.

The A.V. Club lists 23 songs that use fruit as sexual metaphor.

Flavorwire lists New York's 100 most important living writers.

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.

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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