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November 26, 2009

Shorties (Greatest Fantasy Novels of All Time, Books About Music, and more)

At Techland, Lev Grossman lists the six greatest fantasy novels of all time.

The Boston Globe recommends books about music.

Flavorwire lists the top 10 bad sex in fiction passages of all time.

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

Seattle Weekly interviews KEXP DJ Jon Kertzer about his new world music record label, Next Ambience.

The Wall Street Journal excerpts a story from Ha Jin's new collection, A Good Fall.

The Hold Steady's Craig Finn talks to Spinner about writing the screenplay for the film adaptation of Fargo Rock City and his other literary projects.

While Finn has no plans to write anything else other than new Hold Steady music -- he says they currently have six or seven new songs that they've been performing -- he does admit to an aborted attempt at writing a novel last year. "I tried to write a novel last year. I got into it and it just wasn't very good," he says. "I started to question my motives for writing it too. I started to ask if the world needed it or if I was just doing it to prove to myself that I can."

Drowned in Sound interviews Los Campesinos! frontman Tom Campesinos about the band's forthcoming album, Romance Is Boring.

The San Jose Mercury News offers graphic novel gift suggestions.

Stereogum lists the 25 most anticipated albums of 2010.

IGN lists the top 10 songs about food.

Singer-songwriter Sam Roberts visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

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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