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December 19, 2011

Shorties (Guided By Voices, W.G. Sebald, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Guided By Voices album, Let's Go Eat the Factory (out January 17th).

The New Yorker recommends reading the works of W.G.Sebald.

Ten years after his death, however, Sebald’s work remains more or less entirely sui generis. Reading him is a wonderfully disorienting experience, not least because of the odd, invigorating uncertainty as to what it is, precisely, we are reading. His books occupy an unsettled, disputed territory on the border of fiction and fact, and this generic ambivalence is mirrored in the protean movements of his prose.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 35 year-end music lists, including several critics' lists from the Boston Globe, WFMU DJs' favorite music, and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday 19 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including several year-end best book lists from the Boston Globe, a couple from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and many others.

GalleyCat lists the best independent bookstores on Twitter.

TIME lists the most overplayed holiday songs.

Go Ask Mom profiles the book blogging team of Lost in a Book, a 10-year-old girl and her mother.

Stream the Guardian's best songs of 2011 on Spotify.

Letters of Note shares a George Orwell missive, which contains the author's opinion of Jean-Paul Sartre.

Littlest Sounds shares a 43-track indie holiday mix.

The Santiago Times profiles Chile's "rock star"poet Nicanor Parra.

AGNI interviews author Jonathan Lethem about reading, writing, and originality.

PopMatters lists 2012's musical breakout acts.

Great War Reviews examines parodies of modernism.

Thought Catalog shares a speculative list of Jay-Z's 99 problems.

RIP, Vaclav Havel.

Cultural Capital lists the best indie Christmas songs.

The Telegraph recaps the literary year.

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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