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November 13, 2012

Shorties (Cody Chesnutt on His New Album, Colm Toibin on His New Novella, and more)

Weekend Edition profiles singer-songwriter Cody ChesnuTT.

The lyrics on the new record reveal a different artist, one changed by the birth of two children and years away from show business. Musically, though, Landing on a Hundred captures the same soul sound that dominated ChesnuTT's debut, The Headphone Masterpiece. The new album was recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, Tenn., the site of many legendary recordings by the likes of Chuck Berry, Al Green and Ike & Tina Turner.

PopMatters interviews Chesnutt.

Colm Toibin talks to Morning Edition about his new novella The Testament of Mary.

My aggregation of online "best of 12" book lists was updated yesterday with 24 new lists, including Amazon's best books in a variety of genres and One Green Planet's best vegan books.

Flavorwire lists successful literary parodies.

Pitchfork interviews Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles.

Oliver Sacks talks to Jacket Copy about his new book, Hallucinations.

Throughout the book, you make the case that hallucinations are real, or substantial experiences, profound in their own right.

Hallucinations are not like imagination. They’re much more like perception, but unexpected perceptions that you haven’t ordered and don’t own, and may not control. And they may behave in their own fashion, quite oblivious of you. This is certainly the case with something like the Charles Bonnet hallucinations.

The Record profiles Israeli singer-songwriter Rita Jahanforuz.

Singer Rita Jahanforuz has accomplished something rare for an Israeli artist: Her new album has made it big in the land of her birth, Iran. A longtime darling of the Israeli pop world, Rita (as she's known to her fans) stunned people when she announced plans for an album of old Persian songs, reimagined and re-produced. The album went gold in Israel within a month of its release. And it has made Rita a star in Iran as well.

The Paris Review Daily interviews cartoonist Gabrielle Bell.

Flavorwire lists negative early reviews of classic albums.

The New Yorker's Culture Desk interviews cartoonist Adrian Tomine.

Breaking More Waves is listing musical artists to watch in 2013.

Jeannette Winterson shares her love for Tove Jannson's Moomins comics at the Telegraph.

Dan Deacon visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Fresh Air interviews Andrew Solomon about his new book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.

The Shortcuts Blog lists the seven ages of boybands.

The Guardian examines famous literary retirements.

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.

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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

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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