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November 25, 2009

Shorties (Best Short Story Collections of the Decade, Laura Veirs, and more)

The A.V. Club lists the best short story collections of the '00s.

Boise Weekly profiles singer-songwriter Laura Veirs, whose new album July Flame will be released in January.

Men's Fitness lists the worst rock star abs.

Consequence of Sound predicts next summer's music festival rosters.

The Detroit Metro Times lists 2009's "grooviest rock literature."

According to a Telegraph poll, ABBA is the band most music fans would like to see reunite.

Blog Flume unearths unused CD artwork by Daniel Clowes.

Forbes examines the internet & social networking's effect on artists marketing music.

The Observer profiles cartoonist Joe Sacco.

Twenty years on, though, and the American cartoonist is widely regarded as the author of two masterpieces: Palestine, in which he reported on the lives of the inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza in the early 1990s, with flashbacks to 1948, the beginning of the first Intifada, and the first Gulf War; and Safe Area Gorazde, which describes his experiences in Bosnia in 1994-95. Palestine won an American Book Award, and has sold 30,000 copies in the UK alone (this is a huge figure for a comic book, let alone a political comic book).

The Washington City Paper charts the decline of the music blog, Idolator.

Reuters interviews author Haruki Murakami.

Q: Why are you interested in religious cults?

A: I covered a religious cult for my book "Underground." Cults are a mini-system within the system of a nation. I am very interested in how some people have to choose that system. The other thing is that what we as novelists are trying to do, and what those pursuing religious cults are trying to do, are the same, which is to explore values that are different from those that exist. At times, they go into good directions, but occasionally they head into a strange directions... I wanted to pursue why they go in such directions.

On sale for $2.99 at Amazon MP3: Radiohead's 12-track The Bends album

Newsarama reviews my favorite graphic novel of the year, David Small's Stitches.

David Small gathers up critical details along with the lighter ones as he pursues his own Rememberance of Things Past. He is documenting as well as exploring. He is going as deep as he can go for things to make sense to him. In the process, random moments in time find their proper place in the story: his mother’s secret language; his sliding in his socks across a hospital’s slick floor; his Alice in Wonderland make-believe world; his recognition that a mysterious friend of the family brings out something unusual in his mother. In this way of recalling the past, Stitches is most like Maus and Persepolis, the only two graphic novels that most people outside of comics are aware of.

The Guardian books blog examines the world of "cosy catastrophe fiction."

NPR Music shares a streaming Thanksgiving mix of mostly food-related songs.

Amazon MP3 has over 500 albums on sale for $5.

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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