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December 28, 2009

Shorties (Joshua Ferris, Spoon, and more)

Salon reviews two novels, Joshua Ferris's The Unnamed and Jonathan Dee's The Privileges.

"The Privileges" is shrewdly realistic, even a bit gossipy; "The Unnamed" is the artier of the two novels, unfolding in a hushed, shadowed dimension located somewhere between myth and a David Mamet play. Readers of "Til We Came to the End" will find less humor in this book, although Tim's efforts to cling to his job while in the throes of his disorder do allow for some of the barbed office politics that made "Til We Came to the End" so invigorating. Nevertheless, Tim's battle against his condition proceeds as a relentless stripping of ephemera, a return to the primal and the eternal, and as the novel goes along, everything specific, everything of the moment, falls away.

Granta features an excerpt from The Unnamed.

Spoon's Britt Daniel talks to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Earvolution lists 10 exciting 2010 musical albums & events.

Marketplace interviews Billboard's Bill Werde about the past decade in the music industry.

Dennis Cooper profiles author ichard Brautigan.

Neil Gaiman announced that he will be guest editing the next edition in the Best American Comics series.

Ramseur Records will re-release all three of Seth Avett's solo albums (recorded under the moniker Seth Avett as Darling) tomorrow on iTunes and on his website.

Culture Monster profiles Alex Steinweiss, the "father of album art."

Dexigner also profiles the artist.

Still going... 69 Love Songs, Illustrated, with a goal of a comic for every song of the Magnetic Fields' masterpiece album.

Robot 6 offers a primer for the work of legendary cartoonist R. Crumb.

Grand Crew shares streaming video of the Mountain Goats' October Paris performance.

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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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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