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November 9, 2009

Shorties (The Beatles, How to Write a Great Novel, and more)

This week PopMatters is exploring the music and pop culture phenomenon of the Beatles.

Authors including Margaret Atwood, John Wray, Junot Diaz, and others talk to the Wall Street Journal about how to write a great novel.

The New Yorker features a new short story by Yiyun Li.

Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan talks to Clash Music.

RIP Jerry Fuchs, drummer for Maserati.

This week Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Noria Jablonski.

Express Night Out interviews As Tall As Lions frontman Dan Nigro.

At BBC News, John Taylor examines the effects of the internet on new music.

The A.V. Club lists 16 ways to survive a Stephen King story.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Spider-Man musical, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, has cast its lead actor.

White Denim visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Cover Lay Down shares a collection of folk covers of seminal first and second wave punk music.

At the Huffington Post, Ben Winters explains his collaboration with Jane Austen for Pride and Prejudice and Sea Monsters.

At The Week, Lev Grossman chooses the five best fantasy novels.

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2009" book lists
online "best of 2009" music lists
best of the decade (2000-2009) online music 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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