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December 8, 2014

Shorties (Authors on Balancing Writing and Work, Beatles Christmas Singles, and more)

The Morning News featured a roundtable of authors discussing the balance of writing with a full-time job in their lives.

Stream the Beatles' Christmas singles at Aquarium Drunkard.

27 online "best books of 2014" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday (bringing the total number of lists up to 412), including the Boston Globe's best books, the Observer's best fiction, Time's best business books, and the Sydney Morning Herald's best books.

Turntable Kitchen talked Australian food and more with guitarist Jack Moffitt of the Preatures.

Kazuo Ishiguro discussed writing The Remains of the Day at the Guardian.

Hobart features new short fiction from Matt Bell.

Fresh Air reconsidered John Coltrane's A Love Supreme album 50 years after its release.

The Rumpus interviewed author Rebecca Makkai.

Stream the indie holiday compilation Noise to the World 2, which features Dum Dum Girls, Deer Tick, and others.

A 1968 Telegraph interview with J.R.R. Tolkein.

Morning Edition interviewed singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell about her new boxed set, Love Has Many Faces.

All Things Considered interviewed poet Donald Hall.

Alan Light talked to All Things Considered about his new book, Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain.

Word and Film interviewed author Nick Hornby.

Author Laura Kipnis listed the best books about wounded masculinity at The Week.

Word and Film interviewed author Chery Strayed.

Arab Strap's Aidan Moffatt listed his favorite old school interactive children's books at the Guardian.

Biographile profiled literary biographer Hermione Lee.

The A.V. Club listed the year's best albums.

Divedapper interviewed poet Claudia Rankine.

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

List of Online "Best of 2014" Book 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)