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January 29, 2013

Shorties (The Most Beautiful Record Stores in the World, Pride and Prejudice in Condensed Comic Form, and more)

Flavorwire lists the most beautiful record stores in the world.

At NPR Books, cartoonist Jen Sorensen shares an illustrated version of Pride and Prejudice to celebrate the Jane Austen novel's 200th anniversary of its publication.

The Atlantic Wire collects coverage of indie labels' beef with Myspace over streaming royalties.

The Guardian Books blog examines the increasing influence of literary awards.

Far more than book reviews, it's literary prizes that shape the afterlives of new titles. Even in the recession-hit UK, these prizes show no sign of losing popular appeal. Far from it. As well as Costa, the Booker will soon be facing competition from the avowedly highbrow Literature prize, set up in protest at the perceived dumbing-down of the Booker. Elsewhere there are South Asian, Russian and African prizes. A hundred years ago, there were virtually no prizes, but there's no question that the phenomenon is here to stay, reflecting (I think) the important role of the marketplace in the contemporary book world. We are all Thatcherites now.

Sound of the City profiles the band Freelance Whales.

The Queens-bred group of versatile multi-instrumentalists ply their trade using banjo, bass, synthesizer, glockenspiel, harmonium, guitars and, on their latest, Diluvia, a "gigantic zither." While they've been termed "baroque pop," Criss is more pointed when it comes to the oft-asked request for a pithy descriptor. "I normally say 'indie pop that mixes acoustic rural instrumentation with electronic music,'" Criss says. "Then they ask me, 'what does indie mean?' And I tell them it means I'm poor."

Michael Chabon talks about his latest novel Telegraph Avenue with Bookish.

The Houston Press also profiles Chabon.

Fresh Air interviews Nick Turse about his new book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.

Of Montreal plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Authors talk to All Things Considered about how e-book reading data might affect literature.

Stream a new Strokes song.

Stream Matt Pond's new album, The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand (out February 5th) at Paste.

Author Ian Rankin talks music and books at WNYC's Soundcheck.

Win two of 2013's best books so far, Nicole Georges' graphic novel Calling Dr. Laura and Teddy Wayne's novel The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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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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