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December 5, 2009

Shorties (Best Deathbed Scenes in Literature, Eoin Colfer's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book, and more)

The Guardian lists 10 of the best deathbed scenes in literature.


The Winnipeg Free Press reviews And Another Thing, Eoin Colfer's addition to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.


The Boston Globe reviews the book Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records.


Consequence of Sound interviews Jannis Noya Makrigiannis of Choir of Young Believers.

I feel like so much of this album is kind of spiritual without the actual religion or dogma or belief system involved. Is that kind of your aim or are you just trying for big, ambient sound?

To me, music is very spiritual, and I don’t care if people think it sounds corny or whatever, but I totally believe that music is a very important and straight forward way of communicating… I have been touched and felt understood much more often by music made by a person I don’t know at all than by talking to my best friends or family.


At Frieze, author Tom McCarthy lists the books that have influenced him.


At the New York Times, Joe Queenan discusses what happens when bad covers happen to good books.


Amazon MP3 offers 29 free and legal holiday mp3 downloads.


Comic Book Resources interviews David Small, author of the acclaimed graphic novel Stitches.

When reading the book, it feels as if your influences were cinematic rather than sequential art. Is there a particular filmmaker or style you were thinking of?

That's my main influence. There are certain filmmakers that have been my favorites since I started studying film as an art form back in the late sixties: Bergman, Polanski. Bunuel, Antonioni. Those guys remain my heroes, along with many others. Certainly scenes from films would come back to me as I was trying to convey something.


On sale at Amazon MP3: The Jesus & Mary Chain's 14-track Psychocandy album for $2.99.


The Guardian has authors name their books of the decade.


NPR's All Things Considered interviews singer-songwriter Patrick Watson.


The Guardian recommends feminist books for five-year-olds.


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also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2009" book lists
online "best of 2009" music lists
Online Best of the Decade (2000-2009) 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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