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December 2, 2011

Shorties (Patrick DeWitt, A Big Star Documentary, and more)

At the Calgary Herald, author Patrick DeWitt lists his favorite Western films and novels.

Watch the trailer for the forthcoming documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with PopMatters' best reissues, American Songwriters' best albums, and much more.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 36 lists added to the master list, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune's recommended fiction, nonfiction and children's books, Readings' best crime fiction by women, and the Guardian's cookbook selections.

Michael Eric Dyson talks to the Washington Post about the class he teaches at Georgetown, "Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z."

"Though hardly as rigorous as organic chemistry, the course does have midterm and final examinations and required readings, including from Jay-Z's book, "Decoded." Classes — the final one is Wednesday — focus more on African-American culture and business than on the particulars of the rapper's biography, which include millions in record sales, Grammy Awards, a marriage to Beyonce with a baby on the way and tours with Kanye West and Eminem."

The Awl explores Seinfeld creator and actor Larry David's connection with the author Richard Yates.

The character of Elaine Benes was loosely based on Monica Yates, who dated Larry David some years before he created "Seinfeld." Monica Yates's father is the novelist Richard Yates, the author of Revolutionary Road, a classic of the last American century. This scene was inspired by a real evening out with Richard Yates in the 1980s.

Cultural Capital shares a list of indie Christmas songs.

RIP German author Christa Wolf.

Fluxblog is sharing an 183-song mix of its best and most notable music of 2011.

Kirkus Reviews recommends 10 science fiction and fantasy books for September.

At The Record, musicians share their favorite live Fugazi moments. interviews author Lev Grossman about the fantasy genre.

The A.V. Club interviews Gary Numan about his career in music.

Studio 360 interviews author Umberto Eco about his new novel The Prague Cemetery.

tUnE-yArDs plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

At USA Today, authors remember the best book they received for Christmas.

At the A.V. Club, Eric Bachmann performs and discusses his Archers of Loaf song "Web in Front."

The Paris Review excerpts several stories from Lou Beach's new short fiction collection 420 Characters.

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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