December 15, 2009
The Chicago Tribune profiles author Lorrie Moore.
She teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin -- she's been in the English Department since she was 27, when she was the youngest member of the department in its history. That was 25 years ago, when she moved to Madison from upstate New York. Anyway, her students, she says, "they don't feel the transgressive nature of literature yet. Especially undergrads. They worry about offending people, and that's fine. They don't want to upset people. They show their writing to their parents. To their parents! I say, 'OK, Becky, now write something you wouldn't show your parents.' Becky says, 'I couldn't!' But, see -- they're nice kids."
The Daily Mirror lists 2009 books to avoid.
The New Yorker blog lists the musical surprises (both good and bad) of the decade.
Read Street lists the decade's best breakout authors.
The Millions interviews author Michael Franzen.
The December edition of the Music Alliance Pact is online, and collects 33 songs from 33 music bloggers in 33 countries.
...Feet Up on the Table, Drink in Hand... rounds up links to free downloads of holiday music.
The New Yorker contains a new short story by Helen Simpson.
NPR Music is streaming a holiday music playlist.
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