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December 26, 2011

Shorties (Junot Diaz, Cat Power, and more)

The Philippine Daily Inquirer interviews author Junot Diaz.

NME has news of Cat Power's holiday single and video.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated Friday with 79 year-end music lists added to the master aggregation, including the Chicago Sun-Times' best albums, Mac McCaughan's music lists, Wired's top songs, nyctaper's best concert moments, and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated Saturday with 18 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including the Miami Herald's favorite books, the San Francisco Chronicle's best books, and many others.

The Toronto Sun lists the best msuicmaker quotes of 2011.

JAAPA makes a case for poetry in medical school curriculums.

The Province profiles singer-songwriter Ida Nilsen, aka Great Aunt Ida.

"Pairing brutally honest and personal lyrics with positively toe-tapping melodies is never easy. Too often the combination can lead to annoyingly twee tunes of the sort that clutter up the airwaves and turn many listeners off to singer/songwriters. Ida Nilsen brings breathy confessionals to life in some of the most delicious melodies you’re likely to hear, managing to be both spare and dynamic at exactly the right moment."

The New York Times examines the literary history of word processing.

Brain Blogger defines bibliotherapy, the use of reading in health care.

The Sydney Morning Herald is serializing a collaborative novel by its readers, with chapters set in different suburbs of the Australian city.

The Associated Press notes that more mobile music listeners are opting for old-school headphones over earbuds.

At Speakeasy, singer-songwriter and author Alina Simone examines how Russia and the United States have changed since the end of the Cold War.

One can’t help but wonder if, culturally, we wouldn’t be better off had the Cold War gone the other way. Would our cab drivers all be quoting Lermontov? Would our kids grow up playing chess? Would American women boast a supernatural ability to navigate icy sidewalks on stiletto heels?

Jessica Fellowes talks to All Things Considered about her new book, The World of Downtown Abbey.

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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