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December 23, 2009

Shorties (Best & Worst Music Lists of 2009, Indie Rock Show Etiquette, and more)

The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog lists the best and worst music lists of 2009.

Boise Weekly offers ten rules of indie rock show etiquette.

JamBase profiles Ha Ha Tonka.

The band has experienced a rapid ascent in the indie rock world by crafting intellectual music with wiredrawn detail, incorporating numerous references that not only provide listeners with aural pleasure, but require active participation as they effortlessly lean on literary classics and paint a portrait of dust bowl toil.

Salon examines the dearth of quotation marks in literary fiction.

I'm talking, of course, about literary fiction, where at times quotation marks can be as hard to come by as a pre-publication blurb from Don DeLillo. Although every style manual you might care to name will tell you that lines of dialogue must be enclosed in these little paired curlicues (or single ones, if you're British), many writers insist on leaving them out. Authors who have eschewed quotation marks include E.L. Doctorow, David Guterson, Charles Frazier, Nadine Gordimer, Kate Grenville, William Gaddis and (sometimes) Raymond Carver.

Vice interviews comics writer Alan Moore.

The Telegraph lists the best soccer books of the year.

Flavorwire lists 20 body part-covered book covers.

Flagpole lists the Athens bands of the decade.

The Boston Herald recommends books for last-minute holiday gifts.

More Intelligent Life profiles author Lydia Davis.

Mark Athitakis' American Fiction Notes lists its favorite books of 2009.

The Guardian examines the decade in book sales.

The Silver Tongue lists 5 Canadian albums to look for in 2010.

The A.V. Club reviews Ha Jin's latest story collection, A Good Fall.

The Poetry Foundation has poets explain about how poetry has changed in the past decade.

An All Things Considered correspondent sings in Ray Davies' choir and reports about the experience.

Lucky Dog Audio Post creates a music mixtape for Jonathan Lethem's latest novel, Chronic City.

My "best of 2009" lists:

favorite albums of 2009
favorite novels of 2009
favorite nonfiction of 2009
favorite short story collections of 2009
favorite graphic novels of 2009
favorite music of 2009 (at Urban Outfitters)

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Online Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Book Lists
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