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December 20, 2008

Shorties (U2, Christmas Music, and more)

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online book lists include the Independent's best books of the year.


Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include Pitchfork's albums of the year and Loudersoft's top songs.


The Irish Independent checks the status of U2's next album, while also noting other legendary hiatuses between records by rock bands.


The San Francisco Chronicle names its 50 best fiction and poetry books of the year, and includes the following Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors:

City of Refuge, by Tom Piazza
The Hakawati, by Rabih Alameddine
The Monsters of Templeton, by Lauren Groff
One More Year, by Sana Krasikov


The New York Times reviews and excerpts from Laura Miller's new book, The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia.


RIP author and diplomat Conor Cruse O'Brien


Pop & Hiss profiles the teen music bloggers behind The Tape and their all-ages Snow in Los Angeles music festival.

Casnoff plans to turn the Tape into a multi-limbed beast of blogging, record label and concert promotion, all while still needing to carpool over the Hill to get to indie-friendly environs. Booking agents should take note, though: Don't be surprised if future installments of Snow turn into a local Coachella for kids who would rather live "Rockville, CA" than watch it.


io9 lists "science fiction authors that lit geeks think it's cool to read."


NPR's Weekend Edition profiles Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards on the Rolling Stones guitarist's 65th birthday.


The Chicago Sun-Times lists the best Christmas songs of all time, while the Richmond Times-Dispatch recaps the year's holiday music releases and the New York Daily News does the same for Hanukkah music.


The Wisconsin State Journal charts the career trajectory of the BoDeans.


Spin on Sports dedicates 50 songs to sports figures and teams.


At Slate, Jody Rosen, Ann Powers, and Robert Christgau are discussing the year in music.


At The Week, Carrie Fisher shares her favorite books.


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)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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