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December 16, 2011

Shorties (Christopher Hitchens, Top Pitchfork Albums, and more)

RIP, Christopher Hitchens.

Pitchfork has named its top 50 albums of the year.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 72 year-end music lists added today including PopMatters' best alternative songwriters, Spinner's albums and songs of the year, We Listen for You's top music blogs, and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 28 year-end books lists added to the master aggregation today, including Jason Diamond's favorite books, People's best books, and many others.

Poets & Writers reports that McSweeney's is launching a series of poetry books.

Complex shares an eclectic streaming playlist of 32 songs "to beat the holiday blues."

Hot Metal Bridge "non-interviews" author Wells Tower.

Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers talks to the Birmingham News about performing as a solo act. lists the most marketable foreign writers in China.

Macworld offers tips on creating the perfect holiday playlist.

Deutsche Welle profiles Berlin's thriving independent bookstores.

The A.V. Club offers a primer to autobiographical comics.

NPR Music shares a streaming holiday mix.

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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