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December 20, 2009

Shorties (Larry McMurtry, The Flaming Lips, and more)

CultureMap Houston profiles author Larry McMurtry.


NPR's All Things Considered interviews Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.


Newsarama offers a 25-page preview of Marian Churchland's new graphic novel, Beast.

Newsarama also interviews Church about the book.


The Times Online examines how bands can save the album format in the digital age.


The San Francisco Chronicle lists the 100 best fiction & nonfiction books of 2009.


The Detroit Free Press recaps 2009 in popular music.


The Philadelphia Inquirer reviews Ha Jin's new short story collection, A Good Fall.

Every one of the stories is a jewel. One of the most endearing is "A Composer and His Parakeets," in which Fanlin's actress girlfriend entrusts him with the care of her bird, Bori, while she is filming in Thailand. As he works on the music for an opera, Fanlin and Bori bond. Yes, it sounds absurd. Suffice it to say that a reader will care a lot.


Move Under Ground, a novel by Nick Mamatas, is available free online and as a downloadable PDF.


MakeUseOf lists the top 10 sites for free and legal music downloads.


On sale at Amazon MP3: The Beastie Boys' 15-track Solid Gold Hits album for $2.99.


My "best of 2009" lists:

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


Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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