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November 24, 2012

Shorties (Crowdfunding's Cost for Musicians, Jeanette Winterson on the Importance of Libraries, and more)

The Record examines the true cost of crowdfunding for musicians.

Author Jeanette Winterson expounds upon the importance of libraries in the Guardian.

27 year-end music lists have been added to the master aggregation today, including the New York Times' best music books, Nialler9's best new artists, Decibel's top albums, and much more.

13 lists added today to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including the Telegraph's best children's books, The Irish Examiner's best books, Marginal Revolution's favorite non-fiction books, and much more.

The Guardian examines the rise in prominence and respectability of graphic novels.

The Telegraph reports that a famous Beatles audition tape has been discovered, and is up for auction.

Flavorwire lists 10 great literary late bloomers.

Forbes is launching a new music blog.

The Daily Beast lists the top film adaptations of classic books.

All Songs Considered shares an early glimpse at its favorite music of 2012.

NPR Music shares a holiday gift wish list.

Kim Thuy talks to Weekend Edition about her new novel, Ru.

Thuy tells NPR's Scott Simon that the word "ru" has a double meaning. "In French, in old French — nobody uses it anymore — but it means a brook, a very small stream." It's pronounced differently in Vietnamese, she adds, and is commonly used by mothers to soothe their children. "It means a lullaby, or to lull your child to sleep, and I just thought it was such a beautiful word, a poetic word, but used every day."

Franklin Foer talks to Morning Edition about his new book, Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame.

Talk of the Nation interviews singer Tony Bennett about his new memoir, Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett.

Tablet reviews Nathan Englander's new play, The Twenty-Seventh Man.

Nathan Englander packs big themes into small places. The Twenty-Seventh Man, a 90-minute play that runs through Dec. 9 at the Public Theater, is a fictionalized account of Stalin’s murder of 26 of the Soviet Union's most gifted Yiddish writers. Based on Englander's short story of the same title, the play is performed on a compact stage that feels almost claustrophobic, which is clearly director Barry Edelstein's intent. Almost all of the "action"—lots of talk about writing and writers, politics and destiny—takes place in a windowless cell in a Soviet prison in 1952 as the writers await their fate. Compression, in time and place, is one of those aesthetic tools that Englander uses to evoke his play's quintessentially Jewish notes of tragic irony.

Thanks to Booklist's Shelf Renewal blog for making Largehearted Boy its "web crush of the week."

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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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