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December 30, 2007


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recaps the year in books.

Newsday critics and the Ottawa Citizen list their favorite books of the year.

The New York Daily News previews 2008's most anticipated albums.

The Miami Herald lists notable books of 2007.

The Savannah Morning News lists the year's best graphic novels.

Cinematical lists really bad moments in 2007 cinema.

The New York Times examines the decline in hip-hop music sales.

Sales are down all over, but hip-hop has been hit particularly hard. Rap sales slid fell 21 percent from 2005 to 2006, and that trend seems to be continuing. It’s the inevitable aftermath, perhaps, of the genre’s vertiginous rise in the 1990s, during which a series of breakout stars — Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G. — figured out that they could sell millions without shaving off their rough edges.

BBC News reports that Morrissey has donated money to the Salford lads Club (pictured on the inner sleeve of the Smiths' The Queen Is Dead album).

The Times Online lists the songs of the year.

The Oregonian lists the best novels and graphic novels of the year.

Fitness lists the top 100 workout songs.

FHM lists the worst films of the year.

Cinematical interviews Persepolis writer-directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud.

Cinematical: Congrats on being selected by France as their submission for a best foreign language Oscar. How does that feel?

Marjane Satrapi: Well, it was incredible. Out of the fact that you're always happy you're movie is selected, it's very nice. It also means this border -- this line between who is French and who is not -- it becomes more international in a way. If you live in a country, you can come from a different background and still be French. Which I think is a very good thing. In this time of life when everyone is extremely nationalist, and you know, is going back to the roots, it's very archaic in a way to have countries deciding that even if a movie doesn't happen in their country, it can come from their country. This is a very good thing.

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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