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January 21, 2012

Shorties (The Literary Pedigree of Downton Abbey, Lucinda Williams on Bob Dylan, and more)

The Millions explores the literary pedigree of the television series Downton Abbey.

Lucinda Williams talks to Pop & Hiss about her love for Bob Dylan's music.

io9 recommends fantasy series to read while waiting for the next George R.R. Martin.

Pop & Hiss remembers Etta James.

The New York Times profiles Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn.

DIY interviews Finn.

At Salon, Roxane Gay responds to Teddy Wayne's essay about gender bias in the book industry (which itself as a response to Jennifer Weiner's piece on gender bias in New York Times book reviews).

Vintage Vinyl Journals are notebooks with covers made from vinyl albums.

The Yellowbird Project is selling a Jay Reatard t-shirt to benefit St. Jude's Research Hospital.

io9 lists the most wonderfully alternative families in science fiction and fantasy.

Watch an online documentary featuring the band Buried Beds.

Book Stalker interviews author and literary event coordinator Melissa Febos about readings.

Take All Songs Considered's drum fill quiz.

Amazon MP3 has 1,000 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 (daily 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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