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November 19, 2011

Shorties (Bad Movie Songs, Neal Stephenson, and more)

Slate lists the top five bad movie songs. shares a comic strip review of Neal Stephenson's new novel REAMDE.

Yesterday's update to the list of online "best books of 2011" lists included Library Journal's year-end lists, the Telegraph's fiction and biography picks, People's favorite cookbooks, and many more year-end collections.

The Guardian lists the 10 best book titles in the form of questions.

Lev Grossman talks to the Miami New-Times about writing fantasy fiction.

"Part of the idea is writing fantasy as an American, it seemed wrong to have characters speak with this correct English diction you usually find in fantasy," Grossman says. "But I also wanted to take a mythic story and not treating it like a myth. I wanted to treat it like a novel, where the characters are psychologically distinct and self aware."

Spoonfed interviews Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff.

Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, talks writing at the Wall Street Journal.

CNET News interviews Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne about the state of the music industry.

The latest episode of the Bookrageous podcast is dedicated to short story collections.

Gizmodo compares online music stores Google Music, iTunes, and Amazon MP3.

Cultural Capital lists the errors and inaccuracies in Richard Bradford's book Martin Amis: The Biography.

Browbeat recommends following Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle on Twitter.

Financial Times reviews Art Spiegelman's book MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus.

Darlene Love talks to Monkey See about the making of holiday album A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector.

National Geographic Traveler lists the world's top 10 literary cities. (via)

All Things Considered interviews singer-songwriter A.A. Bondy.

At The Week, author Ann Beattie lists her six favorite books.

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

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

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

also at Largehearted Boy:

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

Online "Best Books of 2011" Online 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

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