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December 11, 2011

Shorties (Margaret Atwood, The Best Books About John Lennon, and more)

CBC News interviews author Margaret Atwood about the internet's effect on literacy.

The Christian Science Monitor lists the five best books about John Lennon.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 42 year-end music lists, including The Awl's, SPIN's, & Esquire's best songs, the A.V. Club's year in band names, and many others..

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 26 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation yesterday, including children's book recommendations from the Telegraph and Washington Post, Super Punch's best comic book covers, and many more.

Fuel/Friends shares a holiday-themed music mix.

VICE deconstructs the lyrics to Katy Perry's song "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)".

DIY interviews Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces about her solo album.

Was 2011 the beginning of the end of "selling out" in indie rock?

Luis Alberto Urrea talks to All Things Considered about his new novel Queen of America.

Simon Says explores the musical legacy of singer-songwriter Laura Nyro.

Anita Desai talks to Weekend Edition about her new short story collection, The Artist of Disappearance.

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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