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January 8, 2013

Shorties (Smiths Albums from Worst to Best, George Saunders Interviewed, and more)

Stereogum lists Smiths albums from worst to best.

George Saunders' editor interviews the author at Slate.

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

The London Evening Standard gathers industry and fan reaction to David Bowie's first new music in 10 years.

Beyond the Margins ponders why we read the books we do.

NPR Books previews 2013's poetry collections.

Drowned in Sound interviews Melody Prochet of Melody's Echo Chamber.

DiS: Listening back to your past work with My Bee's Garden and the Narcoleptic Dancers compared with where you are now as Melody's Echo Chamber, there's a vast difference. Was this the sound you were striving for from the outset or is it more a case of natural progression?

Melody: Definitely more of a progression. With my previous works and collaborations I had the opportunity to go to really big studios and work with different people and each time I learned something new. I mainly learned that I like recording in a home studio with friends around in a more relaxed environment than being in a professional studio. That's such a big thing when you're making a record. I was more inspired recording the album in Australia with the space, the beach, the whole environment really. Paris is not inspiring me that much any more. I don't think My Bee's Garden was that much different from what we achieved with Melody's Echo Chamber. It was just mainly bedroom recordings and we didn't have much equipment.

Tablet profiles crime writer Ed Lacy.

Ed Lacy, who died 45 years ago today, is as synonymous with the mystery paperback boom of the 1950s and 1960s as his contemporary Mickey Spillane. Like Spillane, Lacy was extremely productive (28 novels), successful (he sold 28 million copies, was translated into 12 languages, and received an Edgar Award), and favored big-breasted blondes and gory fisticuffs. Yet he was worlds away from the law-and-order anticommunist Spillane. In fact, Ed Lacy was the pen name of a proletarian writer and lifelong communist named Leonard Zinberg (1911-1968) who, before he became Ed Lacy, was a promising literary writer whose work appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic (where he placed first in a Soldier's Competition), and had published two acclaimed novels. The fact that the communist literati and the pulp-fiction king were in fact the same person was a closely guarded secret that very few fans of either man would have guessed at.

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.

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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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