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February 6, 2012

Shorties (Stream the New Shearwater Album, Alan Hollinghurst on The Stranger's Child, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Shearwater album, Animal Joy (out February 14th).

Alan Hollinghurst talks to The Australian about his latest novel, The Stranger's Child.

"I think I always play games with putting bits of myself in different (characters)," Hollinghurst says. "I don't think I've ever . . . well, I know I've never written a character who sort of was me."

TIME recommends the top 10 non-Dickens books for Charles Dickens fans.

Former 120 Minutes host Matt Pinfield lists his favorite NYC music venues at the New York Post.

The Millions interviews interviews Ben Marcus about his new novel, The Flame Alphabet.

Ad Hoc, a new music blog collective and community headed by the former editors of Altered Zones, is raising funds via Kickstarter.

The Book Bench offers a primer to the works of author Roberto Bolano.

Drowned in Sound interviews of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes.

An interactive map of Charles Dickens' London.

Win Sharon Van Etten's new album Tramp and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

Follow me on Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, 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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