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November 30, 2011

Shorties (Stephen King, R.E.M., and more)

CBC Radio interviews Stephen King about his new novel 11/22/63.

R.E.M.'s Mike Mills and Michael Stipe talk to the Daily Beast about the band's decision to break up.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 36 year-end music lists, including best albums lists from Paste, Q, and Idolator.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 36 lists added to the master list, including year-end collections from Slaughterhouse 90210's Maris Kreizman, the Boston Globe's recommended music-related books, and NPR's best plot-driven fiction.

Comic Book Resources interviews cartoonist Adrian Tomine.

Chart Beat lists 10 tempo-halting cover songs.

The Korea Herald interviews Dalkey Archive co-founder John O'Brien about the publisher's new Korean literature series.

Vanity Fair explores literary "genre-bending."

The Harvard Crimson reviews Haruki Murakami's latest novel 1Q84.

At the A.V. Club, Aaron Dessner of The National interviews two members of The War on Drugs.

The Globe and Mail examines the iPad's positive impact on digital comics sales.

The Mountain Goats will play next year's Ecstatic Music Festival, which will also feature a set of new music written by John Darnielle, arranged by Owen Pallett, and sung by Anonymous Four.

Neil Gaiman talks to Hero Complex about film and television adaptations of his works.

PopMatters lists 20 music videos from the 1980s that have aged terribly.

io9 interviews filmmaker and author Guillermo Del Toro.

The Guardian reviews a to-do list written by John Lennon.

Flavorwire offers glimpses inside the libraries of famous writers.

NPR Music is streaming a playlist of 100 quintessential jazz songs.

NPR is streaming the new album by The Roots, undun (out December 6th).

Richard Rhodes talks to All Things Considered about his new book, Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.

Aquarium Drunkard shares a download of the Beatles' Christmas Singles Club recordings.

NPR recommends two of the best new works of fiction and criticism about Sherlock Holmes.

Win Stephen King's new novel 11/22/63 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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