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December 13, 2009

Shorties (Tintin, Jello Biafra, and more)

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews two recently published books about the comic Tintin and its creator, Herge.

Free at Amazon MP3: Jello Biafra's 9-track The Audacity of Hype album.

The Seattle Times reviews Carol Sklenicka's book, Raymond Carver: a Writer's Life.

The Boston Globe examines the increasing live collaborations of bands and visual artists.

The Paly Voice wonders about the meaning of the term "indie."

The Boston Globe gauges the effects to music collectors in an age of music downloading.

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Ha Jin's new story collection, A Good Fall.

"A Good Fall" is a departure, in terms of setting, from Jin's three earlier collections, which focus on the Chinese people before the 1990s, when China strengthened its openness and reform efforts. But his masterful storytelling persists - meticulous, droll, convincing, populated with memorable characters - not to mention the indelible portrait of an immigrant life he gives us. What is also consistent is his prowess to study and reveal, often with heartfelt humor, the compromised and damaged heart and soul, and the impact of time and history on ordinary people.

The Palm Beach Post lists the top 10 pop culture trends of the decade.

Comics Should Be Good! is counting down the top 100 comic book storylines.

The Los Angeles Times reviews The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly.

Some holiday music mp3 blogs:

Christmas a Go Go!
A Christmas Yuleblog
Ernie (Not Bert)

The Largehearted Boy favorite albums of 2009.

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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