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January 19, 2013

Shorties (George Saunders on Fun in Fiction, Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen Interviewed, and more)

George Saunders talks to the Austin American-Statesman about his new short story collection Tenth of December.

"Fun is an aspect of fiction that often gets undersold," says Saunders, talking about craft over the telephone, from his car, in a parking lot in Albany, N.Y. On his end, the connection flutters in and out throughout the interview. "Fun is hard to talk about. It doesn’t 'teach' well. … All those literary things we learn about? Theme and character and all that? My experience is you can’t get there without fun."

Songwriters on Process interviews Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen.

Stereogum lists the 10 best songs by the band.

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

Stereogum ranks Flaming Lips albums from worst to best.

The Chicago Tribune profiles former winners of the Nelson Algren Short Story Award.

The designer behind the controversial new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album cover discusses its creation and reception with Rolling Stone.

Squid Ink lists five titles of Haruki Murakami books that would make great restaurants.

NPR Books recommends books by and about the Obamas.

The Montreal Gazette reports that the Arcade Fire has put its church recording studio up for sale.

Weekend Edition interviews film director NeilJordan about his recently republished debut novel, The Past.

On the parallels between writing and filmmaking

"I kind of regard them as the same thing, and it's hard to explain that to people, and they don't quite understand why — you know, how you can work in such a visual medium and how you can also work with words. But it's just the way I've developed, really. And I just don't see any real difference in the creative instinct — in the imagining or the dreaming up of the particular piece of work."

Pitchfork interviews singer-songwriter Toro Y Moi.

Weekend Edition interviews Terry Francona about his new book Francona: The Red Sox Years.

PopMatters reviews the music app Songza.

LitReactor recommends the 10 must-read comics of 2013.

Rolling Stone shares a 1986 article about the Smiths.

Talk of the Nation interviews Kevin Smokler about his new book Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Paul Dano will star as Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson in an upcoming biopic.

Quirk Books lists 10 reasons to date a bookworm.

Rolling Stone lists the 10 most annoying concert spectator behaviors.

At Booktrust, author Matt Haig explains how writing saved his life.

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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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