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February 11, 2012

Shorties (Eisley, Nathan Englander, and more)

Paste is streaming Eisley's new EP Deep Space (out February 14th).

Financial Times interviews author Nathan Englander .

How would you earn your living if you had to give up writing?

I’d be a psychologist. I’m really interested in people – although at this point I'm more interested in making them up.

The Chicago Sun-Times is polling readers for the city's "all-star band" lineup.

Author Peter Straub talks to about optioning his books for film.

"Being optioned is not the Holy Grail, you know, not really. For a struggling writer, the first and most important goal should be the creation of a good work of fiction, a novel many, many people will want to read and reread, to experience and think about and remember for a long time to come. I mean, that's what we're supposed to be doing, trying to do anyhow. Screenwriting is a secondary occupation."

The Guardian profiles the hip-hop project of Portishead's Geoff Barrow.

The Millions compares the U.S. and U.K. covers of The Morning News Tournament of Books contenders.

Coming in April: a 17-DVD Grateful Dead live box set, All the Years Combine.

The Chimerist is a Tumblr devoted to iPads written by Maud Newton and Laura Miller.

World Cafe is streaming a live performance by singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

Portlandia gets a book deal.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

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

List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists