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January 20, 2013

Shorties (Tracey Thorn's New Memoir, Suggestions on Drinking Like a Poet on Burns Night, and more)

Observer profiles singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn and her new memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star.


At the New York Times, writer and bartender Rosie Schaap offers tips (and Scotch suggestions) for drinking like a poet on Burns Night.


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 lists the 10 best Beck songs.


The Observer interviews author Sheila Heti.


The shortlist for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award has been named.


The Telegraph offers a decade-by-decade look at the recording career of David Bowie.


Weekend Edition interviews Gordon Carera about his new book, The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service.

On MI6's dual nature

"I think it's one of the most interesting ways of looking at the history of MI6 in the last 50, 60 years. ... On the one hand, one end of the spectrum, you've got James Bond, this slightly fantastical character, gung-ho above all, all the talk about the license to kill, who exists in a very simple world where you know the good guys from the bad guys. ... And then on the other hand, you have George Smiley, John LeCarre's creation, who's much more a character of grays, ambiguity and subtlety."


Music critic Alex Ross discusses how war shaped the 20th century's European musical landscape with Financial Times.


All Things Considered interviews Lisa Cohen about her new book, All We Know: Three Lives.

On the genre of biography

"Putting these three lives together also forced me to reflect on the genre, on its kind of constraints and its possibilities, and there was a way that each of their lives, as I say about Esther Murphy, both call for biography, and suggest the futility of the genre ... I really like that paradox. I like trying to write about what's hard to pin down, what's just out of my reach."


Choral conductor Judy Clurman talks to Deceptive Cadence about setting President Obama's first inaugural speech to music.


Paul Dickson talks to Weekend Edition about his book Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents.

Teddy Roosevelt, for example, loved language, Dickson tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "He would create a word like 'mollycoddle,' for sort of somebody you would say was timid, and 'bully pulpit,' you know, the bully pulpit being the presidency itself." Presidents, Dickson says, have to be eloquent. "They have to be able to get up there and convince people."


On sale today at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: The Lumineers' self-titled album.


At Flavorwire, designer Peter Mendeslund lists his 16 favorite book covers of 2012.


The Telegraph lists the 10 best Janis Joplin songs.


Zola Books lists 15 novels with unreliable narrators.


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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