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December 18, 2015

Shorties (The Books That Influenced Star Wars, The Year in Electronic Music, and more)

Literary Hub examined the books that inspired the Star Wars series.

Pitchfork recapped the year in electronic music.

83 year-end "best books of 2015" lists were added to the Largehearted Boy master aggregation yesterday (bringing the total number of lists represented to 1,189), including The Christian Science Monitor's best fiction, NPR Books' cookbooks of the year, Literary Hub's best overlooked books, and The Wall Street Journal's best fashion books.

See also:

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

On sale today: the ebook edition of Neil Gaiman's novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch profiled Jay Farrar of Son Volt.

Tao Lin on the importance of an MFA in creative writing.

Rolling Stone profiled singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott, aka Torres.

Poets and Writers profiled ten debut poets.

The Dave Rawlings Machine visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

The Rumpus interviewed author Janice Erlbaum.

The Columbus Dispatch interviewed singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom.

Literary Hub profiled author Bonnie Jo Campbell.

The New York Observer listed the best Christmas albums.

Signature recommended books about mortality.

SPIN named Courtney Barnett songwriter of the year.

Flavorwire recapped 2015 in literature.

Paste profiled singer-songwriter Anderson East.

ELLE interviewed Molly Crabapple about her memoir Drawing Blood.

VICE has published new drawings by Crabapple of Syrian refugees in the Domiz camp in Iraqi Kurdistan

All Songs Considered interviewed producer Tony Visconti and saxophonist Donny McCaslin about the forthcoming David Bowie album Blackstar.

Louise O’Neill's novel Asking for It has been awarded the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book of the Year.

Musicians discussed happiness at Paste.

The Speakeasy parsed year-end book lists for surprises and outliers.

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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