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December 15, 2013

Shorties (Austin's Literary Rise, The Greatness of Tennessee Music, and more)

The New York Times examines Austin's literary emergence, including the fascinating new indie press A Strange Object.

But in Austin an intriguing countermovement is afoot, courtesy of small presses like A Strange Object, as well as a number of new literary magazines. In November 2012, the journal Foxing Quarterly, which includes poetry, fiction and comics, was introduced with the help of Kickstarter funds, after establishing a community presence through a series of concerts and readings. The annual journal Unstuck will publish its third issue in February, and the biannual Synonym, is expected to publish its third issue this month.

Weekend Edition talks to the editors of The Oxford American's music issue about what makes Tennessee music great.

27 online year-end "best books of 2013" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday, including writers' favorite books at the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sydney Morning Herald, The Wall Street Journal's best cocktail books, The New York Times' best book covers, plus much more.

Lists added today to my list of online year-end music lists include NPR Music's best dance tracks, Clash's top albums, DIY's songs of the year, and much more.

Flavorwire lists 10 of the greatest essays on writing ever written.

Weekend Edition finds a surprising number of K-pop music fans in Latin America.

The Asahi Shimbun continues its Haruki Murakami series with an exploration of his themes of disaffected youth and their resonance with East Asian readers.

BBC News explores how video game developers are using literary techniques.

Author Ben Masters makes the case for revisiting Martin Amis's novel Yellow Dog at NPR Books.

Hypebot explains why recent Facebook changes to fan pages are bad for indie musicians.

Weekend Edition interviews Suzette Field about A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Fiction.

The Hype Machine lists the most blogged and streamed musical artists of 2013.

Flavorwire lists 10 controversial short stories.

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
2013 Year-End Online 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)
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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