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December 31, 2011

Shorties (Daniel Clowes, 2012's Most Anticipated Albums, and more)

At BOMBLOG, author Alexander Chee interviews cartoonist Daniel Clowes.

AC So, do you think indie bookstores are becoming the new underground culture?

DC If you looked at the number of people who buy books there it would be a very small percentage of the population, far less than those who'd buy an indie movie. I mean, probably several million people saw the Ghost World movie, for example, but it’s in the hundreds of thousands for the book—a small percentage.

One Thirty BPM lists the most anticipated albums of 2012.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 205 year-end music lists added to the master aggregation including the A.V. Club's least essential albums and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated Friday with 49 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including NPR's best music books, the Guardian's best short story collections, and many others.

The Sydney Morning Herald examines the current resurgence of folk music.

Jacket Copy collects literary resolutions from writers, editors, and publishers.

At World Cafe music blogger Heather Browne of I Am Fuel You Are Friends previews 2012's music releases.

GalleyCat lists five interesting literary film adaptations of 2012.

The Guardian previews 2012 in pop music.

The Los Angeles Times lists authors to watch in 2012.

The Guardian lists the 10 best New Year's celebrations in history.

All Things Considered examines the music surrounding this year's Arab Spring protests.

Open Culture collects free and legal stories, audio, and video works of Neil Gaiman. (via)

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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