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December 28, 2007


The Washington Times lists the ten best films of the year.

The Manchester Evening News recaps 2007 in music from A to Z.

The Guardian's books blog lists its top-read posts of the year.

Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell talks to the Raleigh News & Observer about his solo career.

"I have a lot of respect for hotshot guitar players who decide to try and do something more than just play guitar," Isbell says. "[Radiohead's] Jonny Greenwood or some of those folks. Somebody who's a good musician, it's enjoyable to hear them play something they're not naturally talented on. I'm not really a piano player at all, but it jogs my brain enough to open up different avenues of songwriting; keeps me from going to the same places I would on guitar."

New York Times book critics list their favorite recreational reading of 2007.

The Times Online previews the music stars of 2008.

AsianWeek offers a complete guide to manga.

The Washington Blade recaps the year in gay memoirs and fiction.

Playback:stl reviews Adian Tomine's graphic novel, Shortcomings.

With realistic, attractive art, breezy, believable dialogue, and uncannily true-to-life characters, Shortcomings is, quite simply, an unmitigated masterpiece. It is without a doubt the finest graphic novel I've read in 2007 and may just be the best-paced comic I've ever had the privilege of reading.

KUT interviews members of Okkervil River, who also perform a live, in-studio session.

Slate lists the ten best indie movies of 2007.

The New Zealand Herald lists the highlights of the literary year.

At NPR's The Bryant Park Project, my favorite litblogger Maud Newton shares overlooked books of 2007.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 online music lists
Daily Downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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