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January 7, 2013

Shorties (Elvis Costello's Best Albums, Tips on Holding a Literary Reading, and more)

Faster Louder lists the top 10 Elvis Costello albums.


Lynn Coady offers tips for holding a literary reading.


20 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation, including the Independent's best album covers of the year.


41 lists were added Friday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including January Magazine's best fiction, The Comics Journal's best comics, 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


Female First interviews A Fine Frenzy's Alison Sudol about her latest album, Pines.


Jacket Copy lists celebrities who would make great book reviewers.


NPR is streaming the new self-titled album by The Lone Bellow (out February 5th).


At Publishers Weekly, an author deliberates editing his old works before republishing them.


NPR is streaming the new Pantha du Prince album Elements of Light (out January 15th).


Hilary Mantel talks to BBC News about the stage and television adaptations of her novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.


Stream and/or download a new track, "Barriers," by Suede.


The Millions shares a preview of 2013 books.


Weekend Edition interviews some of Schoolhouse Rock's original singers.


All Things Considered interviews David Esterly about his new book The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Carving.


NPR is streaming the new Indians album, Somewhere Else (out January 29th).


Jerry Spinelli talks to Weekend Edition about his new children's book Hokey Pokey.

On the key to writing a good kid insult

"[The key] is putting yourself in the place of the insulter and the insultee, and thinking what's going to bother them the most. In one of those exchanges I wound up with them calling each other the ultimate bad word, and that was him calling her a 'girl' and her calling him a 'boy.' "


The Best Drummer in the World interviews Jon Wurster, drummer for Superchunk and the Mountain Goats.


Weekend Edition interviews Susan Jacoby about her new book The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought.


Consequence of Sound and Sweeping the Nation list 2013's anticipated albums.


Win Juliann Garey's debut novel Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See 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 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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