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January 2, 2013

Shorties (Salman Rushdie's Artistic Decline, Tracey Thorne on Her Solo Debut (30 Years Ago), and more)

The Atlantic chronicles Salman Rushdie's artistic decline since the fatwa.

Before the fatwa, Salman Rushdie wrote two great books, Midnight’s Children (1980) and Shame (1983). Since the fatwa, he has not written any. Before the fatwa, Rushdie brilliantly exposed the corrupt dynasties and pathologies of two sundered societies (India and Pakistan). Since the fatwa, Rushdie has allowed flamboyant language and narrative trickery to overshadow biting political satire and acute characterization. Before the fatwa, Rushdie lived a relatively modest life in London. Now, as Joseph Anton drearily attests, Rushdie has become a New York socialite obsessed with name-dropping every celebrity he meets, lauding his own work with shameless abandon, and pointlessly denigrating his ex-wives. Joseph Anton shows both the resolve with which Rushdie confronted the threats to his life, and the sad degree to which the unhinged words of a demented ayatollah helped ruin a superb writer.


Tracey Thorne talks to the Guardian about her first solo album, A Distant Shore (originally released 30 years ago yesterday).

Lyrically, I can't quite believe how intense it all is. Looking back now from my advanced years, I marvel that I was able to take things quite so seriously at such a young age – had I no idea how lucky I was to be so young? No sense of perspective on the real seriousness of this tragedy enfolding me? No, of course not. That kind of detachment only comes with maturity. I was so much older then; I'm younger than that now.


102 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation, including the Weekly Tape Deck's favorite albums, Stereo Subversion's top albums, and much more.


71 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including the New Yorker's list of literary feuds 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


The Telegraph previews 2013's literary offerings.


The Chicago Phoenix and The Line of Best Fit preview 2013's new music releases.


Flavorwire lists the most beautiful bookstores, public libraries, and university libraries in the world.


The Line of Best Fit recaps 2012's music news.


At Tablet, cartoonist Vanessa Davis shares an illustrated memoir of her quest to find the perfect dance-fitness program for her.


Flavorwire recommends 10 albums released this month.


The Guardian predicts 2013's trends in music.


The Guardian profiles Britain's first centre for book arts.


Win three Threadless $100 gift certificates in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.


Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers 100 digital holiday 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.
Amazon MP3 is adding five holiday songs to its free mp3 downloads every day through the end of the year.


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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