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November 22, 2009

Shorties (Florence and the Machine, Alice Munro, and more)

The Independent profiles Florence Welch and her band, Florence and the Machine.


The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Alice Munro's new short story collection, Too Much Happiness.

Her canvas may be small, but her brush strokes are fine, her vision encompasses humanity from its most generous to its most corrupt, and the effect is nothing short of masterful.


The Observer lists five literary places to stay around the world.


The Chicago Tribune shares reader recommendations for favorite family novels.


The Louisville Courier-Journal profiles Rachel Grimes of the Rachel's.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune offers its annual holiday books guide.


The New York Post profiles the brothers behind the new IFC series, Dinner with the Band.

Their vision initially materialized online in 2007 through a series of Webisodes, which featured Mason preparing recipes such as avocado margaritas, spicy ceviche and almond ice cream for then-unknown bands like Tokyo Police Club, Pela, and Matt and Kim. The bands would then join him on camera to eat and talk, before performing a song in a separate clip.


The Audiophiliac reviews Marc Spitz's book, Bowie: A Biography.


The Observer asks celebrities for their favorite books of the year.


KCRW's Bookworm interviews author Margaret Atwood about her latest novel, The Year of the Flood.


io9 lists the cheesiest and most inappropriate book covers of all time.


The Guardian excerpts some of the passages that warranted authors' inclusion on the 2009 Bad Sex in Fiction Award shortlist.


io9 lists the worst live-action versions of book characters.


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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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