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December 13, 2012

Shorties (Literature's Top Party Hosts, Los Campesinos's New Holiday Song, and more)

The Guardian lists the best party hosts in literature.


Under the Radar shares Los Campesinos!'s new holiday song, "A Doe to a Deer."


58 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation yesterday, including the top album lists from New York Times critics, Spin's best songs, and the Washington Post's best pop albums.


31 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including NPR's best book club books, Vogue's top books, and many more.


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


amNY interviews David Wax of David Wax Museum.

How would you describe your sound?

We started the band in Boston [in 2007], and at the time, everybody was using this term "Americana" to describe whatever kind of acoustic music was happening. So in that scene, our music was described as "Mexo-Americana," and that's a fine term for us. I don't think there's any other band they could use that term for. Because it doesn't really mean anything in particular, I think that's allowed us to not feel constrained by it.


Bookworm interviews Mark Z. Danielewski about the new edition of his book The Fifty Year Sword.


The Boston Herald recommends holiday gifts for music lovers.


The New York Times interviews author Jami Attenberg and playwright Samuel D. Hunter about creating obese characters.


Tell Me More interviews Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.

To young writers who would like to follow in his footsteps, Soyinka has this advice: "You must be prepared to collect your rejection slips ... and carry on writing."

At some point, he says, "somebody, for some either genuine or foolish reasons, will be attracted to some material. From then on, develop a relationship from your editor or publisher. That's when you discover whether you really have a calling toward creating literature."


Forbes lists the 10 top earning women on music of 2012.


Fresh Air interviews David Nasaw about his new book, The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy.


CMJ interviews John McCauley of Deer Tick about Christmas music.


Nightmare Magazine lists the top 100 horror books of all time.


Deceptive Cadence recommends five essential Ravi Shankar recordings.


Tor.com shares a collection of artwork inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

io9 lists the 10 most unlikely things influenced by Tolkien.


On sale for $5 this week at Amazon MP3: Big Boi's new album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.


Independent booksellers share their favorite books of 2012 with Morning Edition.


Sufjan Stevens has put together a holiday mixtape.


Weird Fiction Review interviews Paul Tremblay about his latest novel, Swallowing a Donkey's Eye.

Langan: In general, do you draw inspiration/ideas from the music you listen to?

Tremblay: Definitely. Music was my first love/obsession, and in middle school/high school, it was my escape and sanctuary. I picked up the guitar in college and I am, at heart, a frustrated or wannabe musician. I'm drawn to the primal immediacy of music, and the visceral emotional impact it has on me. My favorite music makes me feel and makes me want to feel. I like to think that my best stories/novels have or can have a similar effect on the reader.


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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