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December 15, 2012

Shorties (A Tour of Literary Manhattan, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats Talks Songwriting, and more)

The New York Times tours literary Manhattan.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats discusses his song "White Cedar " with Willamette Week.

When you write a song like this, are you thinking of people from your life or thinking of an archetype?

Any character that you come up with is equal parts yourself or people you know, for the most part. Characters are in a large part yourself as you imagine yourself in lived situations. I can't imagine any writer coming up with something that's pure character. I think that's the most interesting thing about writers of science fiction. They're dreaming up people that are not human at all. But I think when you write, you end up talking about yourself and other people you know no matter how hard you try not to.

48 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation yesterday, including several album lists from the Guardian, the A.V. Club's best songs, Tiny Mix Tapes' favorite album covers, and many more.

29 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including The New Yorker contributors' best books, lists from & Audubon Magazine, and contributions from both Book Riot's The Well-Redheads and The Well-Read Redhead.

The Largehearted Boy books of the year (more lists to come):

my favorite graphic novels of 2012
my favorite nonfiction books of 2012
my favorite novels of 2012
my favorite short story collections of 2012

Willie Nelson talks to the Telegraph about his new book, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road.

Tell Me More interviews William Miles about his latest book, Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey.

India Real Time interviews singer-songwriter Fin Greenwall of Fink about the country's indie music scene.

WSJ: Based on your experience – from visiting the sets of "Indian Idol," a televised singing competition, to sharing the stage with as many as 60 indie bands – do you think India is opening up to non-Bollywood, independent music?

Mr. Greenall: The transition is definitely happening. And it's coming from the youth up, it's coming from the kids. The Internet is fantastic. They can use the Internet to explore a track just as easily as I can. There’s this whole DIY Metal Scene brewing in India and it's getting a good amount of international attention.

Open Culture shares animations of classic literary works.

SPIN recommends 10 new and forthcoming albums you can stream in their entirety.

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews Oliver Sacks about his new book Hallucinations.

PWxyz lists 11 songs inspired by books.

The Atlantic examines Beyonce's new $50 million deal with Pepsi from a historical perspective of patronage of the arts.

The Guardian profiles author Marian Keyes.

Keyes used to be outraged by the way her novels were lumped in with chick lit; these days, she feels much more pragmatic about it. "I used to feel misunderstood. There was one journalist, I remember her name, who described Rachel's Holiday as forgettable froth, and it's not," she says. "It's quite brutal. I thought it was a serious book. A comic book, but it was still a book about addiction and recovery."

Amazon MP3 is adding five holiday songs to its free mp3 downloads every day through the end of the year.

Win my favorite book of 2012, Chris Ware's 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 1,600 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 has 22 classic R&B and soul albums on sale for $2.99 each.
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
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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