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November 13, 2009

Shorties (Books of the Decade, Simon Joyner, and more)

The Telegraph lists the 100 books that "defined the noughties."

The Omaha World-Herald interviews singer-songwriter Simon Joyner.

Singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer talks to the Washington Times about her inventive use of Twitter as a promotional tool.

"I didn't really get Twitter at first," she admits. "It's a thing that tells you what everyone is doing at all times, and that always sounded slightly Orwellian to me. But it's been really cool watching everybody experiment with this new tool, whether they're promoting albums or documenting tours or giving away tickets. The coolest thing about it is that it's as flexible as any given person's personality. If you can think it up, you can do it. No one's going to stop you."

Paste interviews author Augusten Burroughs about his new essay collection, You Better Not Cry.

The A.V. Club interviews Bill Simmons about his new book, The Book Of Basketball.

PopMatters reviews Jeff Lemire's graphic novel, The Nobody.

Contrary to normal assumption, the titular character of Jeff Lemire’s latest graphic novel masterpiece, The Nobody, is small-town teenager Vickie, a dissatisfied Gen-Xer living in the small fishing town Large Mouth, an amusingly clever double entendre of a moniker that would do Alan Ball or Gary Larson proud. Indeed, Lemire creates a world that both satirists would admire, but more than anything else, he shapes, through both his images and his words, a complex, gut-wrenching reinterpretation of one of H.G. Wells’ best-known classics.

Foto8 shares a slideshow of Abraham Deyo's photographs of the Shanghai indie music scene.

Paper Cuts interviews author Kevin Brockmeier.

PopMatters lists its top 10 Beatles songs.

The Oregonian profiles singer-songwriter Corb Lund.

The Phoenix New Times ponders the music blog Idolator without its chief writer, Maura Johnston.

The Cincinnati Enquirer interviews singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks about contributing to tribute albums.

Spiegel interviews author Umberto Eco.

Oh Word examines the true worth of blog posts to musical artists.

Lizzyville shares an mp3 of Solange Knowles (Beyonce's sister) covering the Dirty Projectors' "Stillness Is the Move."

David Small talks to the Miami Herald about his graphic memoir, Stitches.

But Small, who appears Saturday at Miami Book Fair International, was initially resistant to the graphic novel form. "I'd read comics as a kid but didn't follow them. My influences come from my studies in fine art, my 30 years doing picture books and the cinema. I'm not a writer and had no interest in graphic novels. I had a prejudice against the form. I didn't want to turn my story into a cartoon. I wanted it to be simple, but cinematic,'' he said, "like Bunuel, Hitchcock or Bergman.''

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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)
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