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November 29, 2009

Shorties (Jack White, Ha Jin, and more)

The Observer names Jack White "rock'n'roll star of the decade."

The Boston Globe interviews Ha Jin about his new short fiction collection, A Good Fall.

Q. How did you return to the short story?

A. I had intended for a long time to write short stories about the immigrant experience, so it was planned long ago, but I just didn’t know where to set the stories. It wasn’t until the beginning of 2005 when I happened to be in Flushing. I was very moved by the sights and the people there.

In the Observer, Paul Morley discusses the pointlessness of year-end music lists.

The National Post profiles Peter Bjorn and John.

The Observer names singer-songwriter Lily Allen the social networker of the decade.

The Chicago Tribune profiles Joe Shanahan, owner of Metro and Smart Bar and a huge supporter of the city's indie music scene.

The Financial Express examines the intersection of music & books.

While many of us create an ambience to enhance an experience, authors have brought out an innovative idea to enhance the reading of a book—a soundtrack to a book, which serves none other than the purpose of becoming a texture, an ambience to the book.

The Wall Street Journal lists the five best historical novels.

Amazon MP3 has over 600 albums on sale for $5.

The Delaware County Daily Times offers rockers suggestions for their holiday wish lists.

The Columbus Dispatch reviews the LitGraphic traveling art exhibit, which features works by comics artists and graphic novelists.

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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