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November 28, 2009

Shorties (Brian Eno, Leon Trotsky, and more)

Brian Eno shares an essay, "The Death of Uncool" at Prospect Magazine.

Tablet reviews Robert Service's new biography of Leon Trotsky.

Arts Desk lists 5 genre-identifying band names.

Switched lists the best songs about technology.

The New York Times interviews Beth Ditto of Gossip.

The Manila Bulletin interviews comedian-acr=tress-singer-songwriter Margaret Cho.

The New York Times reviews Alice Munro's new short fiction collection, Too Much Happiness, and offers an excerpt from the book.

The collection’s 10 stories take on some sensational subjects. In fact, a quick tally yields all the elements of pulp fiction: violence, adultery, extreme cruelty, duplicity, theft, suicide, murder. But while in pulp fiction the emotional climax coincides with the height of external drama, a ­Munro story works according to a different scheme. Here the nominally momentous event is little more than an anteroom to an echo chamber filled with subtle and far-reaching thematic reverberations.

The Financial Post interviews Los Angeles Times books editor David Ulin.

In the Guardian, critic Paul Morley recaps the last decade in music.

The Guardian interviews Julian Casablancas of the Strokes about his solo album, Phrazes for the Young.

The Financial Times examines the future of e-readers for digital books (and much more).

The Guardian lists 10 of the best chases in literature.

On sale at Amazon MP3:

Neko Case's 15-track Middle Cyclone album for $1.99.
The Rolling Stones' classic 18-track Exile on Main Street album for $2.99.
Frank Sinatra's 15-track A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra album for $2.99.

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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)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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