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December 24, 2011

Shorties (Modern Christmas Music, A 2011 Books Quiz, and more)

The Guardian offers a 2011 books quiz.

The Joplin Globe recommends modern Christmas songs.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday 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 yesterday with 32 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including Baseball America's best baseball books, The Conscious Cat's favorite cat books, the Chicago Sun-Times favorite books, and many others.

Stereogum shares 22 new indie rock Christmas mp3s to stream or download.

At the New York Times, Ander Monson reviews Blake Butler's book Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia.

It's hard to ignore the force of the sentences in Blake Butler's new book, "Nothing: a Portrait of Insomnia." Best known for his fiction, Butler is obsessed with the possibilities of syntax, and the most obvious feature of "Nothing" is a lyric and intellectual buffer overflow that results in long, often interestingly ungrammatical sentences, sometimes stretching over six pages.

Hidden Track shares a playlist featuring the women of indie rock of 2011.

Publishers Weekly profiles Storyville, an app that delivers short stories to you weekly.

The Record examines how Austin's rising cost of living is pricing musicians out of the city.

Amazon MP3 has 10 of 2011's top albums on sale for $3.99 each.

Nerdage explores A Christmas Carol's history of comics adaptations.

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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