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December 26, 2013

Shorties (Ann Patchett's Greatest Christmas Present Ever, A Nick Lowe Interview and Live Performance, and more)

Author Ann Patchett recounts her best Christmas present ever in the Christian Science Monitor.

Nick Lowe visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

53 online year-end "best books of 2013" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday, including Book Riot's favorite book covers, Co.Design's best design books, and World Literature Today's notable translations.

Lists added yesterday to my list of online year-end music lists include the The Wire's best albums, Variety's best albums, SF Weekly's to Bay Area rock albums, and much more.

The Globe and Mail examines the trend of releasing classic albums as expanded box sets.

This week's Guardian books podcast is dedicated to Morrissey's autobiography, including a digested version of the book in only 600 words.

Rolling Stone profiles Kings of Leon.

The Washington Post remembers author Ned Vizzini.

Reuters interviews P.S. Duffy about her novel Cartographer of No Man's Land.

OUPblog shares a music playlist that illuminates the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

USA Today chose F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby as its book of the year.

Morning Edition shares the original manuscript and sketches for "The Red-Nosed Reindeer."

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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