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December 30, 2011

Shorties (Tea Obreht, 2012's Most Anticipated Albums, and more)

Should we mention here that Obreht is 26 but wrote most of the book when she was 23? That she's writing in her second language? That she enrolled at the University of Southern California at 16? That she won this year's Orange Prize, Britain's award for the best novel published by a woman? That she was a finalist for the National Book Award? That "The Tiger's Wife" has sold about 90,000 copies in hardcover since its March release and more than 60,000 in paperback since it came out two months ago? That she sold the rights to her next book, as yet unwritten, for more than $500,000, according to industry reports?

Flavorwire lists the most anticipated albums of 2012.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated Monday with 105 year-end music lists added to the master aggregation, including several lists from the Los Angeles Times' music blog Pop & Hiss, Folkways Magazine's best albums, Rolling Stones' best under the radar albums, and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 49 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including NPR's best music books, the Guardian's best short story collections, and many others.

After Hours Blog interviews Drive-By Truckers co-founders Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood.

Flavorwire lists great works of art inspired by great works of literature.

BrooklynVegan previews 2012's music festivals.

Sonia Sanchez has been named Philadelphia's first poet laureate.

The Daily Mirror previews 2012's music releases.

Morning Edition explores the controversy surrounding music in Afghanistan.

The Guardian Book Blog lists the year's top 10 books stories.

The Record examines how Sub Pop Records reinvented itself in 2011.

The old Sub Pop was about guitars and amps. The new one is about samplers and software.

Newsarama lists comic book series to watch for in 2012.

All Songs Considered previews albums released in early 2012.

Wade Davis talks to Morning Edition about his new book, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest.

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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