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January 13, 2013

Shorties (Will Self on His New Novel and Postmodern Fiction, Bob Dylan's Copyright Extension Box set, and more)

Will Self talks to Weekend Edition about his new book Umbrella.

And Self says he did have a structure in mind when he sat down to write the book. "Umbrella overall has the structure of an umbrella," he says. "It's tightly furled to begin with, it opens out, it shelters, and then in ... a rather harrowing scene, the umbrella, like Audrey, is blown backwards as she relapses into this encephalitic coma." Self adds that working with several different timelines at once means he absolutely must have a clear idea of what he's doing.


Weekend Edition examines why the new Bob Dylan 4-CD box set is limited to 100 copies, is available only in Europe, and carries the subtitle "The Copyright Extension Collection, Volume 1."

"Even record executives occasionally stray into honesty," says James Boyle, a law professor at Duke University. "This is, in fact, a copyright extension collection. That's what it is."


27 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation, including Popblerd's favorite albums, Entertainment for Dudes' top albums, and many more.


41 lists were added Thursday 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


The Tampa Bay Times profiles Key West's lone remaining bookstore.


Susanah Cahalan talks to the Observer about her memoir Brain on Fire.

"I had to bring the idea of journalistic distance to writing about myself. Because I'd been a reporter, I had these tools, but it was an extremely dissociative process."


Girls' frontman Christopher Owens talks to All Things Considered about his solo album Lysandre and growing up in a cult.

The San Francisco Chronicle also interviews Owens.


The Sunday Express previews 2013's literary offerings.


Stevie Nicks talks to the Observer about the Fleetwood Mac reunion.


Weekend Edition interviews Bill Streever about his new book Heat: Adventures in the World's Fiery Places.


The L Magazine previews the best albums of 2013.


NPR Books interviews Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor about her new memoir, My Beloved World.


WXPN streams video of a five-song set by Yo La Tengo.


The Oxford American shares an excerpt from Scott McClanahan's new book Crapalachia.

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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