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December 8, 2010

Shorties (Free Christmas MP3s, Top Female Detectives in Fiction, and more)

Amazon MP3 is unveiling a new free holiday song every day until Christmas.

At the Guardian, Anne Holt names her top 10 female detectives in fiction.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included Salon's best nonfiction, Financial Times' fiction of the year, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included PopMatters best indie rock & pop albums of the year, and much more.

My own "best of 2010" book & music lists:

favorite albums of 2010
favorite graphic novels
favorite nonfiction books
favorite novels of 2010

Coming later today: my favorite short story collections of the year.

GalleyCat is sharing a "literary mixtape" of excerpts from the best YA books of 2010.

Swear I'm Not Paul offers streams to many Irish albums released in 2010.

The Hindu shares the history of music on cassette tapes.

U.S. Senator Mark Udall is soliciting song suggestions for a playlist for Congress.

Heard Mentality shares three indie covers of "O Comme, O Come Emmanuel."

Pop & Hiss examines how a Nick Cave song ended up in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Speakeasy talks to author Michael Chabon about his new role as chairman of the MacDowell Colony.

Jenny Lewis discusses her newest project, Jenny and Johnny with BBC 6 Music.

Morning Edition examines the plight of niche Parisian booksellers along the Seine.

Flavorwire stereotypes you by your favorite album of 2010.

io9 interviews Jeff Lemire about his comic series Sweet Tooth.

Morning Edition explores the "short-lived fame of pint-sized rap stars.

All Songs Considered recaps the year in music.

Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

Win an autographed copy of China Mieville's novel Kraken in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Contest sponsored by AbeBooks:

also at Largehearted Boy:

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

Online "Best Books of 2010" lists
Online "Best Music of 2010" lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
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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