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December 23, 2011

Shorties (A Handsome Family Comic, A Tintin Primer, and more)

Forbidden Planet offers an excerpt from Dan Berry's comic After We Shot the Grizzly, which features the lyrics from the Handsome Family song of the same name.

The A.V. Club offers a primer to Hegre's Tintin books.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 71 year-end music lists added to the master aggregation including Stereogum readers' albums of the year, SPIN's top dance albums, and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 36 year-end books lists added to the including Chuck Palahniuk's recommended books, The L Magazine's breakout Brooklyn book people, the Progressive's books of the year, and many others.

The Toronto Star shares little known facts and anecdotes about great writers.

The CBC lists six fresh voices in Canadian fiction.

Crikey examines how Australian literary journals are going beyond the printed page.

Two music lists I cannot recommend enough: songs of the year from Fluxblog and Said the Gramophone.

The Los Angeles Times explores "socially networked reading."

Spinner calls 2011 "the year Canadian music broke."

The Nervous Breakdown interviews author Mona Simpson.

The Guardian examines the trend of indie musicians turning to electronic dance music.

Author Kate Christensen has a food blog.

Nerve lists five Christmas songs that don't suck.

OnMilwaukee interviews Craig Thompson about his graphic novel Habibi.

Sound of the City makes the case for 2011 being the best year for women in music ever.

Forbes recommends science fiction books for people who hate science fiction.

The Record profiles music producer John Congleton, "indie rock's unsung hero of 2011."

Michael Sims talks to Morning Edition about the anthology he edited, The Dead Witness: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories.

Win one of three Threadless gift certificates 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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