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January 17, 2013

Shorties (Favorite Books About Movies, John Darnielle on Songwriting, and more)

Zola Books asks noted cinephiles to name their favorite book about movies.

The Quietus interviews Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle.

Now, I know you're a big fan of Joan Didion, and I wondered if her writing was what inspired you, in part, to become more nonfictional.

JD: I don't know, but it wouldn't be surprising if reading somebody for 25 years or so didn't leave some sort of mark. Writing The Sunset Tree was really a purgative, spontaneous act. I didn't sit down and say, 'well, let me do this'. I just write whatever I'm writing and see what happens. And in the case of The Sunset Tree, I was in this perfect combination of being abroad and without sleep and having three months or less out processing my stepfather's death, and I was on tour, and I was in a state of mental and physical exhaustion, and I started writing in dressing rooms, just sort of spontaneously. And that was the stuff that came out. I don't plan my next move; that feels cheesy to me. What I do is related to improv.

27 year-end music lists were added Tuesday to the master aggregation, including Dennis Cooper's best albums, Earbuddy's favorite songs, and many more.

41 lists were added Sunday 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

LA Music Blog interviews Joey Burns of Calexico.

Word and Film shares a literary cheat cheat for Sundance 2013.

CityBeat profiles the Heartless Bastards.

Bookworm interviews author Lydia Millet about her latest novel Magnificence.

Monkey See shares a playlist of "feel happy" music suggested by its readers.

Flavorwire recommends literary board games for book nerds.

Merge Records has launched an app that includes streaming music, videos, mp3 downloads, news, and more for its roster of bands.

Win two bar-related memoirs, Rosie Schaap's Drinking with Men and J.R. Moehringer's The Tender Bar, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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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