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December 20, 2013

Shorties (Viewing Robert Frost Through His Letters, Richard Hell Explores Underground NYC Music, and more)

Harvard Magazine profiles poet Robert Frost through his letters.

In the first episode of Dazed's "New Music Cities" video series, Richard Hell explores underground New York music.

39 online year-end "best books of 2013" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday, including The Atlantic's best food books, the BBC's top books, Eater's essential cookbooks, and much more.

Lists added today to my list of online year-end music lists include Vice's top albums, BuzzFeed's top movie soundtracks, Rob Sheffield's favorite songs, and much more.

Interview Magazine interviewed author Hilton Als.

The Nervous Breakdown shares an excerpt from Mark Haskell Smith's new novel Raw: A Love Story.

Entitle Books is a new e-book subscription service.

NPR Music remembers musicians who passed away in 2013.

Monkey See recommends short story and poetry collections.

All Things Considered gathers feminist reaction to the new Beyonce album.

The New Yorker has launched a poetry podcast.

Music Times is counting down the 12 days of Christmas by listing the best versions of holiday classic songs.

Flavorwire ranks literary snobs.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is no fan of the streaming music service Spotify.

"It's been a strange time for music in general," he says, reflecting on 2013. "Especially with the debate about Spotify. I'm not a supporter: I think it entirely hampers new bands, and the situation that Thom Yorke and Beck have been criticizing makes the old record companies of the '70s look like cottage industries. I can't think of anything more opposite to punk rock than Spotify."

"Famous Writers' Sleep Habits and Literary Productivity": the infographic and poster.

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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