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December 21, 2011

Shorties (Geeky Holiday Songs, A North Korea Reading List, and more)

GeekDad shares a list of geeky holiday songs.

ArtsBeat puts together a North Korea reading list.

I'd recommend adding Guy Delisle's graphic novel travelogue Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 45 year-end music lists added to the master aggregation including io9's most futuristic music, NPR's favorite new artists, and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 31 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including E!'s best pop culture-minded books, NPR's best biographies, and many others.

Backbeat offers a side-by-side comparison of the band Tennis and football player Tim Tebow.

The 20 best books about the American dream.

MTV Geek lists 10 comic books where characters actually get older.

Style Council lists the top five songs from John Hughes films.

The Nervous Breakdown interviews Leslie Simon about her book Geek Girls Unite. The Contextual Life shares the unedited interview.

Gibson lists 10 rock and metal albums that aren't horrible.

Pop & Hiss points out Loudon Wainwright III's new song, "Newt Gingrich Is Running for President," set to the tune of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton listed his five favorite books on the Today Show.

CultureMob reports that Seattle's Elysian Brewery will release the "12 beers of the apocalypse" next year featuring labels by cartoonist Charles Burns.

The Guardian Books Blog profiles science fiction fan and Duran Duran frontman Simon le Bon.

Le Bon actually has his own books blog in which he regularly reviews SF novels. Here he is on Embassytown by China MiƩville, which he appreciates because the author "doesn't use the genre conventions which are so prevalent in this type of fiction". Of Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief, he says: "A novel about a society way in the future, to label it simply as science fiction would, I think, be to do it an extreme injustice, in the same way that it would be also an injustice to the body of work by great novelist Iain M Banks." And he regularly champions modern SF and fantasy greats such as Peter F Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds and Steph Swainston.

TIME offers a Tintin primer for moviegoers.

All Songs Considered shares a selection of holiday music.

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.

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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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