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November 21, 2011

Shorties (Rock Documentaries, YA Book-to-Film Adaptations, and more)

At the A.V. Club, Superchunk and Mountain Goats drummer Jon Wurster recommends seven rock documentaries.

The Huffington Post lists the top YA book-to-film adaptations.

At the New York Review of Books Charles Baxter reviews Haruki Murakami's new novel 1Q84.

Salon ponders the future of the independent record store in an age of digital downloads.

At Time, Lev Grossman acknowledges the difficulties in putting together the magazine's top 10 books of the year list.

At the Daily Beast, author P.J. O'Rourke lists his favorite travel books.

BBC sports announcer Tim Gudgin shares an anecdote about reading soccer scores with the Fall's Mark E Smith.

Several fans have appeared alongside him, reading the results on the BBC's interactive service, most memorably and singularly, the Fall's Mark E Smith. "He knew the teams because he was keen on soccer," Gudgin says. "It was an idiosyncratic performance, partly because he'd had more than a little alcohol beforehand. I think we just about got away with it."

Robert Levine talks to Studio 360 about his new book, Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the discography of the Monkees.

The Guardian explores how underground comics are inspiring the Occupy movement.

NPR is streaming Sweet Exorcist's RetroActivity album (out December 6th).

The A.V. Club interviews chef, author, and television celebrity Anthony Bourdain.

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.

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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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