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January 10, 2013

Shorties (The Best Books About Washington, 2013's Best Music Documentaries, and more)

The Washington Post lists the best books about Washington, D.C.

Critic Jonathan Yardley discusses the selection process.

Flavorwire recommends 10 music documentaries you need to see in 2013.

27 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation, including Popblerd's favorite albums, Entertainment for Dudes' top albums, and many more.

41 lists were added Tuesday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including Talking Comics' top comics, Book Movement's top book club books, and many more.

The Largehearted Boy books of the year (more lists to come):

my favorite graphic novels of 2012
my favorite nonfiction books of 2012
my favorite novels of 2012
my favorite short story collections of 2012

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette looks back on critical and personal reactions to Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Under the Sea album.

The shortlist for the Man Asian Literary Prize has been named.

NME lists six amazing things about David Bowie's new single.

Author Katie Roiphe offers memoir writing tips at Slate.

The Aquarian Weekly interviews Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke.

PaidContent profiles the free new short story iPad app, Paragraph Shorts.

Paragraph Shorts is a little like a Flipboard for short stories, but rather than an algorithm, it uses humans to find short stories — in text, video and audio formats — across the web (from outlets like The New Yorker, The Paris Review and The Moth), then aggregates them and distributes them through a free iPad app. When a Paragraph Shorts reader flips his or her iPad to landscape mode, social features appear, including the Twitter and Facebook streams of the stories’ authors and the magazines they were published in.

Aquarium Drunkard shares a 1973 live performance by legendary singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt.

Morning Edition interviews poet Richard Blanco, who will read at President Obama's inauguration.

NPR Music streams a recent live performance by David Byrne and St. Vincent.

Tablet reviews Michael Ruhlman's new digital cookbook/app The Book of Schmaltz: A Love Song to a Forgotten Fat.

Win Juliann Garey's debut novel Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 free and legal mp3s.

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

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists
The list of online "best of 2012" 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)
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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