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December 16, 2006


Moroccan Role has devised a Pitchfork best albums of 2006 drinking game.

The Times Online reviews Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.

This must be one of the most literary comic books yet produced. Alison’s father’s love of Fitzgerald and Joyce informs her own reading of his life, and the book is threaded with allusions: like Gatsby, Bruce preferred a fiction to a reality; like Dedalus, he is decidedly “not a hero”.

Van Dyke Parks talks to Harp about his friend, Harry Nilsson, and the documentary, Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?).

“Harry Nilsson was an absolute giant. He aimed high and reserved the right to fail, knowing that if you don’t reach for something, you don’t get anywhere. His work was filled with that kind of raw ambition, but not too concerned with fashion. But his shyness prohibited him from public performances and the usual hype that makes stars.”

NPR reviews the recently published book, Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide, and lists several authors' favorite cocktails (with recipes).

Singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux talks to the Age about her roots busking on the street.

"I have to be very careful not to look back and romanticise it too much," she says. "But I must say that I learned to find the muses at that point in my life. You can be touched very deeply when you're on the street. The exchange is so intimate - you really feel that you've changed someone's day - and it's completely serendipitous."

Salon lists the best non-fiction books of the year.

The Brooklyn Rail interviews author Lynne Tillman.

Rail: Speaking of things that are in and are not in our control, each of your novels is distinct. The narrative voices differ, yet each text is carefully controlled by the author, in a way that reminds me of a great stage actor inhabiting different roles.

Tillman: There’s nothing harder to explain than writing voice and character. Obviously, voice is created with words, their rhythms, in phrases, there’s control of sentence length, and so on. Voice and character fuse, don’t they? The character of the narration? Character in some ways exceeds voice, because a character may become imaginatively embodied to the reader. Readers often visualize characters, and I don’t as I’m writing—and often not as I’m reading, unless they’re described exquisitely. For me, the voice comes first; from that, a character— or speaker—develops.

see also: Tillman's Book Notes entry for her latest novel, American Genius, A Comedy

Jahsonic wonders if author Stephen King is "the 20th century Sue or the 20th century Balzac."

NPR is streaming Damien Rice's performance on WXPN's World Cafe yesterday.

Trashionista lists the "top 10 chick lit precursors."

Marathonpacks has posted its top albums of the year.

AP names the "most significant" YouTube videos of the year.

Pitchfork has best album lists from various musicians, including Beck, Jens Lekman and many others.

Wired News offers tips and tools to tag your mp3 collection.

Hi-Fi Holiday is a new music blog sharing vintage holiday vinyl gems.

see also:

Largehearted Boy's favorite albums of 2006
2006 Year-end Music List Compilation

Largehearted 2006 Holiday Gift Guide
this week's CD & DVD releases



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