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November 15, 2012

Shorties (Chris Ware on Comics, An Interview with Beck and Philip Glass, and more)

Chris Ware talks to the National Post about his new comics collection, Building Stories.

Comics themselves, as a medium, are "an imperfect generalized system to try to get at specifics," and yet, he allows, "it seems to work pretty well." Crucial to Ware's thoughtful approach is his ability to find fresh ways to express his ideas: In Building Stories, for instance, some of the larger spreads feature panels clustered around a large image (a flower, an explosion, a self-portrait) that serve as an anchor for characters' thoughts and memories.

Dazed Digital interviews Beck and Philip Glass about their recent collaboration.

The Rumpus Book Club members interview Jami Attenberg about her novel The Middlesteins.

Damon Krukowski of Galaxie 500 and Damon and Naomi reports on revenue from streaming music from an artist's perspective at Pitchfork.

To put this into perspective: Since we own our own recordings, by my calculation it would take songwriting royalties for roughly 312,000 plays on Pandora to earn us the profit of one-- one-- LP sale. (On Spotify, one LP is equivalent to 47,680 plays.)

New York Magazine profiles author and medical doctor Oliver Sacks.

November's Music Alliance Pact shares 40 songs from 40 music bloggers in 40 countries.

ABC News celebrates 50 years of Latin American "literary rock stars."

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts talks to All Things Considered about the band's 50 years of recording and touring.

Nicole Krauss in a recent speech at Kenyon College:

“People, journalists especially, always want to squeeze the mystery out of [the writing process],” she said. “They always want to know exactly how and why you do what you do. So much of writing, at its very best, is your unconscious expressing itself in these deeply surprising, sometimes disturbing, ways.”

The Record profiles A&M Records as the label celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Bookworm interviews Chris Kraus about her latest novel Summer of Hate.

Pop Candy recommends eight great music podcasts.

The Miami Herald explores the positives and negatives of self-publishing.

Santa's Working Overtime is once again pointing out holiday music for your Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza mix.

Win Chris Ware's new comics collection Building Stories 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 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.

Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, 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)

The list of online "best of 2012" book 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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