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December 1, 2012

Shorties (Kanye West Albums Ranked from Worst to Best, A YA Auction for Hurricane Sandy Relief, and more)

Stereogum ranks Kanye West's albums from worst to best.

YA for NJ is holding an eBay auction of signed books, school visits, and more to benefit The Community Foodbank of New Jersey to aid in the efforts to feed those most affected by the storm this holiday season.

32 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation today, including Forbes' highest paid musicians, Paste's best music videos, Uncut's albums of the year, and much more.

25 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including the Guardian's best graphic novels and art books, Newsday's best books, the Telegraph's best US political books, and much more.

Fresh Air interviews father-daughter writing team Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger about their new book, Jews and Words.

Pitchfork interviews singer-songwriter Scott Walker.

At Salon, Laura Miller wonders if unhappy endings in literature are being shunned in modern culture.

The Source lists 10 speculated collaborative albums they'd like to see.

Flavorwire recommends gifts for the music geek in your life.

The Denver Post recommends five holiday songs.

Flavorwire gets 36 writers' responses to Philip Roth's retirement.

Weekend Edition interviews Joe Smith about his collection of interviews with musicians, many now streaming at the Library of Congress.

"Mick Jagger — I got him to say that [The Rolling Stones] hadn't made a good record in 10 years," Smith says. "Paul McCartney said that since Lennon died, he hadn't written a good song. Understand, these interviews were done 20, 30 years ago. But we got them to be very candid."

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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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