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December 4, 2012

Shorties (Tracey Thorn's Winter Mixtape, Colm Toibin on His New Novella, and more)

Singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn shares a winter-themed mixtape with the A.V. Club.

Fresh Air interviews Colm Toibin about his new novella The Testament of Mary.

31 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation today, including Gorilla vs. Bear's albums of the year and more.

25 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including Maris Kreizman's books of the year, Vulture's top books, and much more.

Mir Tamim Ansary talks to Morning Edition about his new book, Games without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan.

ABC News explores the new wave of DIY pop music in Chile.

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight talks zombies with Margaret Atwood.

PopMatters explores the issue of performance authenticity when laptops are used as live instruments.

My Bookish Ways interviews James Renner about his novel The Man from Primrose Lane.

Your career as an investigative journalist certainly gives you the appropriate background for writing, but did you always see yourself as a novelist?

I always wanted to be a novelist. Somewhere in my basement is a box that contains a terrible novel I wrote when I was in the 8th grade. But journalism paid the bills for a while and I wondered if I would ever find the time to really give it a try. I got lucky with Primrose, I think. Writing fiction is much more fun than writing true crime for newspapers. It uses the same tools of writing but you actually get to bring closure to the cold cases you create.

Biographile interviews Robin Desser about editing Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild.

The Line of Best Fit profiles Meody Prochet of Melody's Echo Chamber.

With songs like 'Crystallized' and 'Is That What You Said', Melody’s Echo Chamber combines layers of various genres pieced together in such a way that even if it looks like chaos on a song sheet, it's actually a seamless sound to our ears.

Tablet profiles author Shani Boianjiu and her debut novel The People of Forever Are Not Afraid.

Much of the book's charm is in the language Boianjiu uses. Had she originally written the book in Hebrew, she said, any translation into English would have had an entirely different feel from the book she ended up writing. "I didn't want the readers to forget for a moment that even though the story they're reading is in English, it takes place in another world. Hebrew phrases which sound so obvious to me acquired a whole other layer of meaning when I translated them literally. So, instead of trying to figure out what the English equivalent would be, I took advantage of the oddness of the phrases to make the book more interesting."

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

The 2012 Man Asia Literary Prize longlist has been named. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Jeet Thayil.

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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