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January 4, 2006


In the Seattle Weekly, critic Douglas Wolk examines the recently made available demo recordings by Sly & the Family Stone, Elliott Smith, and Neutral Milk Hotel.

Bookslut's January issue is available, and include an interview with author David Ebenbach.

Sometimes I talk to writers who have written short stories and they've written novels -- and I thought about this particularly when I read your story Orange, which is very short -- and they talk about the feeling of ease and freedom of being able to expand and release when writing a novel. Is that the case for you?

I actually think novels are easier than short stories, because there is that sort of forgiveness of the long period of time that you're working on it. You sort of know that you're going to screw up, and you're going to have another half a year to fix that one screw up.

Indie Interviews sits down with Raymond Raposa of the amazing Castanets in this week's podcast.

The Hold Steady announced some February tour dates.

The Book Standard examines authors and their use of MySpace.

Popmatters lists the best fiction and non-fiction books of 2005.

The MacRumors forum is keeping track of the 2006 free iTunes downloads.

Build your own synth (and other geeky cool projects) with some daily help from Get LoFi.

Cader Books lists Publishers Weekly's yearly bestselling books from 1900-1998.

Today's 2005 best music lists:

Detroit Metro Times (albums)
John Kelman (jazz albums)
Kottke (albums, movies,books,blogs)
One Final Note (jazz & improvised albums)
Sligo Weekender (albums)
UK blogger poll (UK albums)
Wessex Online (albums)


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