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November 14, 2012

Shorties (Pete Townshend on Rock as Journalism, Keith Richards on Fifty Years of the Rolling Stones, and more)

Keith Richards talks to All Things Considered about the 50-year history of the Rolling Stones.

Shelf Life interviews Jami Attenberg about her new novel The Middlesteins.

Talk of the Nation interviews Pete Townshend about his new memoir Who I Am.

On viewing himself as an artist and a journalist

"It's interesting that being in a pop band in the '60s, for me, my role was not just entertaining. It was also slightly journalistic. ... I would talk to people. I would find out what's going on in their heads. I would observe them very, very closely. I will try to find things about them that would enrich not only my craft, but that would touch them.

"And Quadrophenia grew out of the fact that ... for a lot of the time, I didn't have that kind of access to the audience. I had to just look at the four guys in the band ... I had to measure our audience through looking at them. And there were four very, including myself, four very eccentric characters ... I still like to think of myself as, above everything else, as an artist with a stroke of journalism."

My aggregation of online "best of 12" book lists was updated yesterday with 40 new lists, including Barnes and Noble's best books in a variety of genres, The Sports Bookie's best baseball books, Stephen King's favorite books, and much more.

NPR Books streams National Book Award nominees reading from their works.

Some Velvet Blog makes the case for Titus Andronicus as the most important band of 2012.

Design Week and GQ review the new book Lomo Life: The Future is Analogue, The Cameras, The Story by Lomography.

All Things Considered interviews Oliver Burkeman about his new book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking.

Singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

PopMatters interviews author Vanessa Veselka.

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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