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January 12, 2013

Shorties (David Bowie's Producer on the Legendary Artist's New Album, A Profile of George Saunders, and more)

The Guardian and get the inside story behind David Bowie's new album from his producer.

The Guardian profiles author George Saunders.

"The thing I found," says Saunders, "was if you want to avoid creating a world that looks habituated, compression is a great way to do it. Because we're habituated, both in life and in fiction, to certain ways of expressing things. So – if someone asks how do you get to the hospital? The answer is four blocks and turn left. But the actual experience of going to the hospital is a thousand pointillistic things that are probably sub-articulable. And then: what are the linguistic corollaries that I can make, that actually come alive anew?"

27 year-end music lists were added Wednesday to the master aggregation, including Popblerd's favorite albums, Entertainment for Dudes' top albums, and many more.

41 lists were added Thursday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including GeekDad's best books, LitChat's favorite 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

Rolling Stone interviews Tegan and Sara about sibling rivalry, making music on a major label vs. an indie, and more.

GalleyCat offers a primer on how to buy eBooks through independent bookstores.

The Irish Times profiles Niall Byrne, the man behind the music blog Nialler9.

AbeBooks lists the 25 best books about Abraham Lincoln.

Flavorwire lists a selection of post-1970s glam rock albums.

Cathy Marie Buchanan talks to Weekend Edition about her new novel The Painted Girls.

New York Knicks basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire talks to Weekend Edition about his series of books for middle grade readers.

On why he writes for young readers

"A lot of young boys are starting to shy away from reading as if it's not cool, so I wanted to express ... how important reading really is to them. I remember when I was their age, going to the bookstore I went to, the first book that had any type of athlete on the book — whether it was Jackie Robinson or whether it was Bill Russell or what have you — whatever book I saw that had an athlete on it, you know, I bought that book and I read that book, and then that started to spark my mind to want to read more, so I want that same effect to continue on."

Villagers frontman Conor O'Brien talks songwriting with Drowned in Sound.

The Guardian examines the allure of the debut novel for writers.

The Current shares an exclusive live session by the band Beach House.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 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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