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December 5, 2012

Shorties (An Oral History of Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights, A Profile of Susan Straight, and more)

Pitchfork shares an oral history of Interpol's debut album Turn on the Bright Lights.

Morning Edition profiles author Susan Straight.

Think of all the great writers who have made their hometowns literary history — William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Thomas Wolfe, to name a few. Now, Susan Straight is getting the same praise for her portrayal of Riverside, Calif. It's a small town at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains, an hour east of Los Angeles.

26 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation today, including VICE's albums of the year and PopMatters' best indie rock albums.

19 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including the San Francisco Chronicle's books of the year, the Christian Science Monitor's best fiction and nonfiction, and Serious Eats' favorite cookbooks.

Flavorwire recommends clothing for serious book nerds.

The Telegraph shares photos of the newly restored Bleak House Charles Dickens museum.

Stream my holiday playlist at Spotify (new songs are added daily).

The Other People podcast interviews author Lydia Millet.

GeekWire lists the top seven apps for the arts.

Fresh Air interviews Paul Lukacs about his new book Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World's Most Ancient Pleasures.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats talks to DC9 at Night about songwriting, Taco Bell, and Breaking Bad.

We Shall All Be Healed was about meth addiction. Maybe the producers of Breaking Bad would use one of your songs.

A friend of mine has directed a couple of episodes, but they don't use a lot of outside songs. But that would be completely awesome. Breaking Bad is the best thing to happen to American television in god knows how long. That would be amazing.

Tablet profiles author Jerzy Kosinski in its review of his new essay collection Oral Pleasure: Kosinski as Storyteller.

Flavorwire lists the weirdest careers in music.

Book Riot recommends Christmas cards for book lovers.

Amazon MP3 is adding five holiday songs to its free mp3 downloads every day until Christmas.

Win Brad Tolinski's new book Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page and a $100 Threadless gift certificate 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 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
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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