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December 21, 2013

Shorties (Ned Vizzini Remembered and more)

At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Cecil Castellucci remembers author Ned Vizzini.

Ned contributed to Largehearted Boy several times, with a playlist for his novel It's Kind of a Funny Story, and interviews with Rasmus Holden (founder of the Nirvana Fan Club) and Lexy Benaim (of the Harlem Shakes). He was a gracious and kind man, as passionate about writing as he was talented, and a good friend.

39 online year-end "best books of 2013" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday, including The Conscious Cat's best cat books, Full Stop's best books, The New York Times book critics' favorite books, SPIN's best music books, the Tin House staff's favorite novels.

Lists added today to my list of online year-end music lists include Spin's best new holiday songs, BrooklynVegan's favorite albums, NPR Music's top folk and Americana albums, and much more.

The Guardian shares a 2013 in literature quiz.

B-Sides shares a holiday playlist of music by alternative bands. examines Vladimir Nabokov's obsession with butterflies.

CBC Music Magazine is a new app from the CBC.

Author Mark Haskell Smith interviews himself at The Nervous Breakdown.

NPR Music lists the top 10 public radio live sessions of the year.

The Nairobian lists the top 10 Kenyan books of the past 50 years.

Morning Edition discusses and shares examples of sullen Christmas music.

Flavorwire calls for an end to the continually expanding Harry Potter franchise.

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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