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November 27, 2011

Shorties (Jeff Mangum, Alan Moore, and more)

Weekend Edition gets fan feedback about Jeff Mangum's current solo tour.

"I guess this is equivalent to hearing that, like, John Lennon has been resurrected and is performing a concert in Baltimore," Kelly said.

Comics writer Alan Moore talks to the Guardian about the irony of the Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta being used by anti-corporation protests.

"I find it comical, watching Time Warner try to walk this precarious tightrope." Through contacts in the comics industry, he explains, he has heard that boosted sales of the masks have become a troubling issue for the company. "It's a bit embarrassing to be a corporation that seems to be profiting from an anti-corporate protest. It's not really anything that they want to be associated with. And yet they really don't like turning down money – it goes against all of their instincts." Moore chuckles. "I find it more funny than irksome."

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated Thursday with 27 lists, including MTV's biggest pop music trends, Flavorwire's best indie-pop singles and albums, Frontier Psychiatrist's best music videos and cover songs, and many more year-end music lists.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated Friday with 38 lists, including The Independent's year-end book lists, cookbook recommendations from Epicurious and Bon Appetit, and many more year-end "best books" lists.

Singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

The Observer declares 2011 "the year of the translator."

Rachel Unthank of the Unthanks shares music memories with the Observer.

The New York Times examines audiobooks' growing appeal.

Robot 6 offers a primer to the works of comics writer Grant Morrison.

Cover Lay Down shares a Christmas mix for children of all ages.

At, U2's Bono and The Edge discuss favorite recent films and albums.

Little Brother Live is a San Francisco stage adaptation of Cory Doctorow's novel Little Brother that opens in January.

Flavorwire lists the best songs about Chicago.

At The Nervous Breakdown, author Zoe Zolbrod offers her take on the Penn State controversy.

Live for Films lists the 10 best uses of existing song in film.

Win Stephen King's new novel 11/15/63 and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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)

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

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