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December 6, 2008

Shorties (DiscsForDogs, Daniel Kehlmann, and more)

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online book lists include the Los Angeles Times' favorite fiction, Three Percent's best translated books, and Booklist's best sci-tech books.

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include Gorilla vs. Bear's favorite songs, Pitchfork's year in photos, and Ed Droste's top albums.

The Financial Times interviews author Daniel Kehlmann.

What is the best piece of advice a parent gave you?

My father was a TV director and he told me, “Never think your audience is stupid.” All my experience as a writer proves him right.

The Yellowbird Project has launched a new round of t-shirts designed by indie musicians, with the proceeds going to charity.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats talks about his musical past with the NZ Herald.

"I thought Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin were okay, but Heart was my favourite band," he chuckles. "When I was 16 I listened to Iron Maiden and AC/DC records and they sounded good to me. I would suspect, a love of metal begins with the love of that distorted guitar with the mid-range scooped out. The visceral basic response to that crunch."

CNET's MP3 Insider recounts spending a year using a Zune as his mp3 player, and offers suggestions to improve the player and service. is a charity that will sell your old CDs and donate all the proceeds to a local humane society. They will even reimburse your shipping costs (or add your mailing cost to the donation).

The New York Times examines the current state of college radio.

Billboard examines the burgeoning trend of indie rock Christmas albums.

Bookslut's December issue is online, featuring interviews with Cynthia Ozick, Christopher Barzak, and more.

The Oregonian reviews the graphic novel adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Unlike director David Fincher, the folks at Quirk Books did not have Brad Pitt and Cate Blachett on hand for their adaptation of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, forcing them to lean, instead, on F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote the 1922 short story -- "the funniest story ever written," Fitzgerald insisted -- on which the Christmas 2008 film is based. The result is a collection of marvelous lines and ever-deepening melancholy that suggests the Almighty may have invested a bit more thought in this than the entertaining Mr. Twain.

NPR's All Things Considered examines the economic downturn's effect on the publishing industry.

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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