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November 25, 2011

Shorties (Mark E Smith's Literary Influences, Jack Kerouac's Lost Novel Published, and more)

The Fall's Mark E Smith talks literary influences with The Quietus.

BBC News shares the story of Jack Kerouac's once lost first novel, The Sea Is My Brother, which was just published this week.

The American writer, who was hailed the king of the Beat generation and a hero to many young men, penned The Sea Is My Brother aged 20, based on his years as a merchant seaman.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday 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 yesterday with 13 lists, including The Atlantic's books of the year, Men's Journal's best beer books, and many more year-end "best books" lists.

Author Tom McCarthy shares his computer desktop with the Guardian.

The Irish Times shares a collaborative review of Bjork's latest album, Biophilia.

The Omaha World-Leader interviews Gorman Bechard about his Replacements documentary, Color Me Obsessed.

WhatCulture! lists the top 10 Stephen King movie adaptations.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sings the praises of independent record shops.

Red Bull lists 10 of the best movie soundtracks.

On sale for $4.99 today at Amazon MP3:

Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues album
Lady Gaga's Born This Way album
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV album
Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More album

The Economist reviews Haruki Murakami's latest novel, 1Q84.

KCRW features a live performance by the band Tinariwen.

Salon shares a new Thanksgiving-themed short story by Eleanor Henderson, "100 Dead Pilgrims."

Hospital Ships visits NPR Music to play a Tiny Desk Concert.

Win mental_floss: The Book: The Greatest Lists in the History of Listory 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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