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December 28, 2011

Shorties (The Best Music Books of 2011, Haruki Murakami Writes a Commercial, and more)

NPR chooses the best music books of 2011.

The Mainichi Daily News reports that Haruki Murakami has written a commercial for Sapporo Breweries that will air in early January.

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 39 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including Brain Pickings' best biographies & memoirs, Shelf Life's top music books, the Guardian's best paperbacks, and many others.

The Stranger defends the use of cookbooks in a digital age.

The Creative Penn uses Paulo Coelho as an example of an author using a blog wisely. (via)

GOOD examines how replicates music scenes online.

The Huffington Post UK lists literary novelists who have turned to genre fiction.

The Quietus interviews Jim Keoghan of The Mekons.

The National Post attempts to redefine the term "indie rock."

io9 lists 23 movers and shakers in science fiction and fantasy.

Bookforum interviews Alexander Theroux about his book The Strange Case of Edward Gorey.

io9 has news and stills from the film adaptation of David Mitchell's novel the Cloud Atlas.

The Harvard Business Review recommends that Amazon partner with independent bookstores.

Fluxtumblr compares sales figures for Pitchfork's top 50 albums of 2011.

Business 360 examines how Dublin's literary history and culture is boosting the city's morale.

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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