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December 4, 2011

Shorties (Paul Auster and Don DeLillo, Greil Marcus on the Doors, and more)

In the new Granta podcast, Paul Auster and Don DeLillo discuss living in and writing about New York City.

All Things Considered interviews Greil Marcus about his new book The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated Friday with Fluxblog's songs of 2011 (with downloads), FACT's best albums, PopMatter's best metal albums and many more year-end music lists.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 41 lists added to the master list, including School Library Journal's best children's fiction and nonfiction, Library Journal's best memoirs, Esquire's best books of the year, and many other year-end book lists.

The Gainesville Times shares some of its favorite novels.

Salon explores the culture of year-end "best of" lists.

The Los Angeles Times notes the abundance of free and legal classic book downloads for eReaders.

At The Rumpus, Tobias Carroll interviews Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson.

Sabotage Times lists 10 unjustly neglected novels.

The Lafayette Journal and Courier explains why every political candidate needs a decent DJ.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review Haruki Murakami's new novel 1Q84.

Spotify's CEO talks to Weekend Edition about why the streaming music service is good for the music industry.

The Millions has launched its annual "year in reading" essays.

Drowned in Sound interviews Jesse Tabish of Other Lives about making instrumental pop music.

The Savvy Reader lists the top 10 heroines from recent YA novels.

Weekend Edition interviews Icelandic singer-songwriter Olof Arnalds about her new covers EP, Olof Sings.

The Guardian reviews Charles J. Shields' new book, And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life.

Shields talks to the Charlottesville Daily Progress about writing the book.

Win Lev Grossman's novels The Magicians and The Magician King and a $100 Threadless gift certificate 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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