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December 21, 2012

Shorties (The Best Book-to-Film Adaptations of the Year, On Being a Rush Fan, and more)

Word and Film lists the best book-to-film adaptations of 2012.

At The Record, a Rush fan discusses his adoration for the band.

I'm a big Rush fan. (There, I said it!) For ages, admitting that in public was like striking up a conversation with an attractive woman in a bar about, say, Dungeons and Dragons. It just wasn't done. A 2008 article in Rolling Stone compared Rush fans to Trekkies.

61 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation yesterday, including FACT's best music videos, CMT Edge's favorite Americana albums, Music for Kids Who Can't Read Good's best albums, and much more.

53 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including NPR's best YA novels, PopMatters & Spin's best music books, the New York Times' favorite book covers, and much more.

The Largehearted Boy books of the year (more lists to come):

my favorite graphic novels of 2012
my favorite nonfiction books of 2012
my favorite novels of 2012
my favorite short story collections of 2012

The Wall Street Journal profiles Chilean author Robert Ampuero.

Today, Mr. Ampuero, 59, is the ambassador to Mexico of Chile's center-right government. He is also a best-selling novelist and the creator of Cayetano Brule, one of Spanish-language crime fiction's most traveled modern private eyes. Now, Riverhead-Penguin has published an English-language translation of his detective novel "The Neruda Case," and plans to publish more of his books.

The New York Times interviews author Lee Child.

The Huffington Post lists the best 13 happy families in literature.

Latin alternative musicians share memories of holiday music at Alt.Latino.

Stephanie LaCava, author of An Extraordinary Theory of Objects, lists her favorite Paris books at Zola Books.

The Week recommends five Americana bands.

Amazon MP3 is adding five holiday songs to its free mp3 downloads every day through the end of the year.

Win the cookbook Bouchon Bakery and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers 100 digital holiday albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 free and legal mp3s.

Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, 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)

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists
The list of online "best of 2012" music lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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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