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January 22, 2013

Shorties (A Great American Novelist Tournament, Bands Who Pioneered Modern Indie Rock, and more)

The Guardian is holding a "Great American Novelist" tournament.


Rocks Off lists five bands who pioneered modern indie rock (other than the Smiths).


The Largehearted Boy books of the year:

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


Margaret Atwood reveals her admiration for George Orwell's fiction at the Guardian.


Morning Edition looks back on the genesis of Dr. Dre's The Chronic album.


Non-profit Nook interviews Leah Umansky about her debut poetry collection, Domestic Uncertainties.


Conor Oberst talks to Drowned in Sound about the Desaparecidos reunion.


At NPR Books, Sarah Manguso shares her love for Leonard Michaels' novel Sylvia.

Reading about someone else's indulgent, solipsistic young love affair is boring unless its insights are bright enough to illumine the confusion and shame of one's own. For that, Leonard Michaels is one of the best. Whatever trouble you want to find, it's all been found before. Fear, ignorance, certainty, uncertainty, lust — ah, the draughts of youth.


Stereogum lists the 10 best Clash songs.


David Sedaris talks to U.S.A. Today about the film adaptation of his story "C.O.G."

"Kyle's world is not my world and I don't want it to be my world," Sedaris said. "I didn't want him to ever feel he had to check in with me. I didn't care to read the script. It would be like if somebody said 'I want to write an opera based on something you wrote'. Great, but I don't want to be involved in it. Let's just go out for tacos a couple times."


Drowned in Sound looks back on the 10 years since The Postal Service released its debut album.


Vulture profiles author Bret Easton Ellis.

Twitter mixes literature (of an admittedly minimal sort) with performance, and it’s perfect for Ellis, who has always been, when you think about it, more of a conceptual artist than an author. The work isn’t beside the point, but it isn’t the whole point. In this new métier, each part of his persona is on view: satirist, nihilist, glamour guy, exhibitionist, knee-jerk contrarian, self-pitying cokehead, and a few other things, all of which make some laugh with glee and others avert their eyes in boredom, and even more glance back in spite of their revulsion, wondering, as one of his followers did the other day: “Is Bret Easton Ellis dead inside?” Indeed, on Twitter, just as it was with Less Than Zero almost 30 years ago, that’s still the question. It may or may not be a question he asks himself—that, too, is part of the show. Ellis has worked hard to make himself a pop-cultural monster—“monster” has been one of his nicknames—then denies that he’s anything but a middle-aged homebody.


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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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