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December 2, 2013

Shorties (Nick Lowe on His Christmas Album, Jonathan Safran Foer Reads and Discusses Amos Oz, and more)

Nick Lowe is interviewed about his new Christmas album.

Jonathan Safran Foer reads and discusses an Amos Oz short story at the New Yorker fiction podcast.

25 online year-end "best books of 2013" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday, including best book lists from the Independent, Minneapolis StarTribune, and others.

David Shields discusses repurposing other artists' work at The White Reader.

Drowned in Sound examines social media's place in modern music marketing.

LEGO Stories recreates scenes from books with the children's toys.

The Quietus profiles the band Comets on Fire.

Over the course of four albums, innumerable eps, handmades and collaborations and seemingly endless touring, the hirsute Santa Cruz psych rock quintet maintained a relentless, galloping momentum, centred upon their live shows, an incandescent conflagration of bewailing guitars and seventies rock incineration. As dubious as that may sound, it often worked magnificently, requiring a re-calibration of one's biorhythms after every show.

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews author Wayne Koestenbaum.

Bookforum interviews author Hilton Als.

The Bookseller reports that David Mitchell's next novel, The Boke Clocks, will be published in the fall.

PopMatters lists the best songs of 2013.

Margaret Atwood remembers meeting Isak Dineen.

Drowned in Sound lists bands set to debut albums in 2014.

Actress Anjelica Huston discusses her favorite books at The Week.

Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, 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)

Online "Best of 2013" Book 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)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
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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