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November 16, 2012

Shorties (The Beatles' Films Ranked, Justin Cronin on Vampires, and more)

Paste ranks and reviews the five Beatles films.

Justin Cronin talks to the Sydney Morning Herald about his new novel, The Twelve.

Despite his success, Cronin is averse to use of the word vampire, referring to those in his novels with many terms - mostly as ''virals'' - but seldom using the other V-word. He is, however, well versed in the history of vampire storytelling. ''It has the most interesting lore,'' he says, comparing the genre to tales of werewolves and zombies that he feels ''are simple by comparison''.

Grateful Web interviews singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.

"Celebrating The Hobbit" is a three-day conference scheduled next year celebrating the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

PopMatters excerpts from Paul Elle's new book Reinventing Bach.

Flavorwire lists 10 great biographies and memoirs that feature right hand men.

MTV Geek interviews Denise Mina about adapting Stieg Larson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo into a graphic novel.

All Things Considered interviews Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood about the band's long history.

The Guardian lists the top 10 books of the forest.

Riffraff lists the top 5 guitar riffs of the 1980s.

The shortlist for the 2012 Scottish First Book of the Year award has been named.

The Guardian examines the success of the band Mumford and Sons.

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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