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December 11, 2009

Shorties (Greatest Gen X Books of All Time, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, and more)

Details lists the 25 greatest Gen X books of all time.

The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles A Sunny Day in Glasgow.

When Ben Daniels went to make the first A Sunny Day in Glasgow album, he drafted his sisters Lauren and Robin to provide the ethereal, angelic vocals to top his blissful dream-pop soundscapes. Scribble Music Comic Journal, the Philly band's '07 debut, was very lush (and very Lush, as in the early '90s British band), a stirring blend of effects-laden guitars, electronic ambience, and floating vocals that occasionally coalesced into bubbly pop hooks.

The Guardian profiles six of the best female short story writers.

Flavorwire lists the most anticipated band reunions of 2010.

The Village Voice examines the odd Hipster Runoff photo scandal.

The London Evening Standard explains how we all fell for singer-songwriter Lily Allen in the 2000s.

The Boston Globe reviews Michael Chabon's essay collection, Manhood for Amateurs.

Chabon elegantly dissects dozens of the untold number of issues facing parents: the astonishing, frightening newness of a first child (“The Story of Our Story’’); floundering in front of the legions of prefabricated toys available today (“To the Legoland Station’’); the necessity of being honest about one’s own adolescent indiscretions (“D.A.R.E.’’); maintaining (or losing) male friendship while fighting over a girl (“The Ghost of Irene Adler’’); the frustrating struggle undertaken by fathers as they seek to grant their daughter freedom while dreading her burgeoning sexuality (“A Textbook Father’’).

Websites as classic book covers.

With the Atlantic announcing plans to sell short stories digitally, the Guardian's books blog examines the "iTunes-ization" of short fiction.

NPR Music examines the uncertain future of recording studios with the rise in home recording.

Folk Alley lists the top 10 folk songs of 2009.

Oxford American editors share albums they love (with streaming samples).

Sake of the Song is a non-music store selling products crafted by musicians (including Langhorne Slim, Au Revoir Simone, and others).

Standard Recording Company and NUVO have teamed up to release the digital holiday compilation A Very Standard Christmas, Vol.2, with proceeds going to FACE Low-cost Spay & Neuter Clinic in Indianapolis.

The Morning News has announced the longlist for its 2010 Tournament of books.

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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

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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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