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December 15, 2015

Shorties (Colm Toibin on Clarice Lispector, Stream NPR Music's Best Songs of 2015, and more)

Colm Toibin on Clarice Lispector's The Complete Stories.

If rats then represent terror and chickens innocent striving for something approaching authenticity, humans, for Lispector, are strangely in the middle, often stricken with fear, or handing out terror, but ready also to soar or break loose or achieve some freedom or be fully alert to their fate in a time short enough for one of her stories to be enacted.

Stream NPR Music's songs of 2015.

44 year-end "best books of 2015" lists were added to the Largehearted Boy master aggregation yesterday (bringing the total number of lists represented to 973), including Kirkus Reviews' best teen books lists, The Nerdist's favorite books, and The Toast's best books you didn't read.

See also:

Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2015 year-end music lists.

Vanity Fair shared the behind-the-scenes story of the publication of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Grimes' Claire Boucher discussed making her Art Angels album with Billboard.

Will Chancellor profiled author Kevin Barry at Literary Hub.

The Chicago Tribune listed the best holiday jazz albums.

Writers reconsidered Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita at the New Republic.

Joe Casey of Protomartyr talked to the New York Times and BuzzFeed,

Leslie Jamison and Alex Mar discussed nonfiction writing at Electric Literature.

Turntable Kitchen recommended gifts for music lovers.

Blake Butler explored the fiction of Unica Zurn at VICE.

Shakey Graves played a Tiny Desk Concert.

Bookworm interviewed author Eileen Myles.

Stream a new song from the Besnard Lakes.

Only a Game interviewed Davis Miller about his Muhammad Ali book Approaching Ali: A Reclamation in Three Acts.

The Washington Post examined the popularity of Bob Dylan lyrics in medical literature.

In total, the trio found more than 200 examples of papers that "unequivocally" cited Dylan, along with many others that likely referenced the American troubadour's work, according to a study published Monday in The BMJ.

Comics Beat listed literary authors who love comics.

Morning Edition interviewed singer-songwriter M.I.A.

The Salt interviewed Pavel Syutkin about his cookbook CCCP Cookbook: True Stories Of Soviet Cuisine.

The A.V. Club shared versions of "The Little Drummer Boy" from Johnny Cash to Sufjan Stevens.

BuzzFeed shared beautiful quotes from 2015 books.

eBooks on sale today:

American Meteor by Norman Lock
Being Dead by Jim Crace
The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno
The Brink by Austin Bunn
The Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe
The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe
Fates Worse Than Death by Kurt Vonnegut
The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle
Man V. Nature by Diane Cook
Paulina & Fran by Rachel B. Glaser
The Prize by Jill Bialosky
The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson
The Summer He Didn't Die by Jim Harrison
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
White Horses by Alice Hoffman
Wild Decembers by Edna O'Brien

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Online "Best of 2015" Book Lists
Essential and Interesting 2015 Year-End Music Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)

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