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November 6, 2009

Shorties (Colin Meloy's Children's Books, Paste's Books of the Decade, and more)

Colin Meloy discusses his children's book projects (illustrated by Carson Ellis) on his Tumblr.


Paste lists its 20 best books of the decade (2000-2009), and includes two books from the Largehearted Boy Book Notes series, Chuck Klosterman's Killing Yourself to Live and Carl Wilson's Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey To The End Of Taste.


Pitchfork interviews Brian Eno.


NHPR's Word of Mouth examines the "indie blog curse" of hype on musicians.


The Raleigh News & Observer profiles John Booker and Rachel Hirsh of the pop ensemble I Was Totally Destroying It.

Immensely catchy and likable, "Horror Vacui" ranges from new-wave power pop to acoustic jingle-jangle, with Hirsh's keyboards in a starring role. The hooks and harmonies are dead-on throughout, rendered with assurance and polish. "Horror Vacui" would brighten the atmosphere at any commercial radio station with the sense to give it a spin.


The Guardian's books blog ponders American fiction after Philip Roth.


The National Post profiles a cookbook author who excels at pairing food with music.


The New Yorker features new short fiction by Stephen King, "Premium Harmony."


Newsarama interviews David Small, author of one of the year's most impressive graphic novels, Stitches.

Grovel reviews the book.


MTV offers a preview of the new Dr. Horrible comic.


On sale at Amazon MP3: Phoenix's 11-track 2006 album, It's Never Been Like That for $1.99


Drowned Sound recaps October's music releases.


The Top 13 is a new website featuring pop culture "top 13" lists.


Newsweek reviews the remastered and expanded edition of Nirvana's Bleach album.


Win Peter & Max: A Fables Novel and Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book One in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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


also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2009" book 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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