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December 5, 2013

Shorties (2013's Best Songs, Michael Chabon on Songwriting,and more)

Drowned in Sound and LA Music Blog list the best songs of 2013.

The Wall Street Journal recaps a recent conversation about songwriting between Michael Chabon, Stephen Sondheim, and Paul Simon.

25 online year-end "best books of 2013" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday, including The Guardian's best fiction & science fiction, Band of Thebes' best LBGT books, The New York Times' 10 best books of the year, and much more.

Guernica features a new short story by Norman Lock.

The Portland Mercury profiles the band The Dismemberment Plan.

Biographile interviews author Nancy Bachrach about the importance of truth in memoir.

All Songs Considered recaps 2013 in music.

BuzzFeed lists eye-opening Joan Didion quotes.

Fresh Air interviews singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy.

Bookworm interviews author Will Self.

The A.V. Club lists the best albums of 2013.

The finalists for Canada Reads 2014 have been named. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Kathleen Winter and her novel Annabel.

Comic Riffs interviews Ed Piskor about his graphic novel Hip Hop Family Tree.

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

Online "Best of 2013" Book 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)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
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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