December 2, 2011
At the Calgary Herald, author Patrick DeWitt lists his favorite Western films and novels.
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.
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 USA Today, authors remember the best book they received for Christmas.
Amazon MP3 has 100 holiday albums on sale for $5.
Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.
also at Largehearted Boy:
previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)
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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