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November 18, 2008

Shorties (Kathleen Edwards, Worst Album Covers, and more)

The online "best music of 2008" and "best books of 2008" lists have been updated.

The Guardian's music blog lists what indie music could learn from American Idol.

The New Yorker's annual food issue is online (well, most of it), and includes new short fiction by Edwidge Danticat.

Bob Links offers a tour guide to 2008 Bob Dylan performances.

Daytrotter features mp3s of an in-studio session by Film School.

Cracked lists the worst album covers of all time.

Seattlest interviews singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards.

There are a lot of labels out there that might be put upon you: folk,, Americana. Can you describe your sound for people who haven't heard you before?

I don't know, I mean I guess I'm just a combination of all of my influences. I'm a singer-songwriter--a country singer in a roots rock band. I love the pedal steel and, you know, for me it's just the song. That's the most important thing in the world for me. To write something and be proud of it and be able to sit down and have it speak to you in a way that you can't explain.

Jersey Blogs interviews Janice Harayda, the blogger behind One-Minute Book Reviews.

The Christian Science Monitor points out a St. Paul program that stamps poetry into the city's sidewalks.

InsideVandy interviews Santogold.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reviews Amanda Petrusich's book, It Still Moves.

As a tour guide, Petrusich is hip and self-aware without being self-righteous, and is obviously passionate about music and the people who make it. This road trip would be oh so much more fun, though, if there were a fold-out map and a companion CD.

see also: Petrusich's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book

Variety examines the effects of online music portals on music sales.

Pitchfork interviews two members of Fleet Foxes.

The A.V.Club lists 27 popular websites that became books.

In the Guardian, Charlie English, author of The Snow Tourist, lists his top 10 snow books.

Drowned in Sound is collecting votes for the People's Voice Prize, its readers' choices for the top 50 albums of the year.

The Guardian's books blog examines the connections between authors and their cats.

Twentieth century Canadian novelist, journalist and playwright Robertson Davies tried to nail down the attraction with his oft-quoted: "Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons." Oft-quoted by authors on their websites trying to justify their obsession, I might add.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
daily mp3 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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