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December 24, 2013

Shorties (The Appeal of Tangier to Writers, The Intersection of Songwriting and Technology, and more)

The Weekly Standard examines the appeal of Tangier to writers.

"Its longtime appeal is obvious: It is a port city a short boat ride from Europe with international influences and tolerant attitudes that serve as an entry point into Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Arab world. In addition, its features—both natural and man-made—are like those of a fictionalized city, with all the requisite elements: port, beach, medina, kasbah, caves."

Singer-songwriter Erin Barra discusses the intersection of songwriting and technology at American Songwriter.

37 online year-end "best books of 2013" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday, including DailyCandy's best books, The Saucy Wenches Book Club's top books, and Brain Pickings' best books.

Lists added today to my list of online year-end music lists include the Any Decent Music's aggregated best albums list, the Guardian's top songs, Spin's best music videos, and much more.

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviewed Elton John.

Hazlitt examines whether blockbuster films have been good for comic books.

The Rumpus book club and VICE interviewed author Hilton Als.

Stream the Flaming Lips' film Christmas on Mars.

The recipe for Emily Dickinson's Gingerbread.

World Cafe lists the top rising musical artists of 2013.

The Guardian encourages amateur fan fiction based on literary characters.

The Boston Globe examines a study in Britain where books are "prescribed" to help treat mild depression.

Stereogum lists the most anticipated albums of 2014.

BuzzFeed shares links to sad Christmas 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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