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December 3, 2011

Shorties (Plastic Pop Stars, William Kennedy, and more)

Billboard shares a slideshow of pop stars immortalized as action figures.

The Paris Review interviews William Kennedy about his latest novel Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday 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.

At the New York Times Book Review podcast, editors discuss their selections for the newspaper's 100 notable books of 2011. (via)

Talk of the Nation interviews Richard Branson about his new book Screw Business as Usual.

Reverb Music lists the top 10 things to expect from "top 10" music lists this year.

Patrick DeWitt talks to the Calgary Herald about his novel The Sisters Brothers.

At Willamette Week, singer-songwriter Nick Jaina offers a list of songwriting tips.

Vanity Fair shares its favorite Christmas songs.

The annual Paris Review online auction has begun.

TIME has shared a holiday playlist on Spotify.

Fresh Air interviews John Feinstein about his new book One on One: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game.

The Next Web profiles UberHype, an android app that acts as a frontend for music blog aggregator The Hype Machine.

Talk of the Nation interviews Nikky Finney about her National Book Award-winning poetry collection Head Off & Split.

Guardian readers recommend songs about departures.

MTV Geek lists 10 TV to comics adaptations that don't suck.

Mind Your Language readers share their favorite song lyric couplets.

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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