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December 29, 2008

Shorties (Steve Earle, Neil Gaiman, and more)

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

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include the Toronto Star's albums of the year and Alex Ross's best classical recordings.

The Vancouver Sun offers tips to start a book club.

The New York Times examines the effects the newspaper publishing industry's woes are having in syndicated cartoonists.

Steve and Justin Townes Earle talk to NPR's Morning Edition about being two generations of singer-songwriters.

Salon lists the best indie movies of 2008.

Neil Gaiman discusses his graphic novel The Sandman with the Los Angeles Times.

"Most characters in comics simply didn't have any families, and it was something I loved. It was something I loved to write about. When I first came out to America, people told me that in 'The Sandman' I created a dysfunctional family, which was not a phrase I had heard before that in England," Gaiman said. "I talked to people about it, and I realized that what people in America called 'a dysfunctional family' was the same thing that we in England referred to as 'a family.' You didn't see a lot of functional ones."

The Australian examines John Updike's falling literary reputation. lists the most memorable comic book movie trailers.

nyctaper features mp3s from Yo La Tengo's Friday evening performance from their Hanukkah residency.

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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