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December 21, 2009

Shorties (Tom Waits, Jack White, and more)

The Globe and Mail interviews Tom Waits about his acting career.

Do you find a connection between songwriting and making movies?

Well, I think of myself as a director of movies for the ears. I've always been aware of theatre, how I came off visually when I perform. But people hear music in all kinds of different ways. Some people experience music as colours; others just see grey water pouring out of the speakers. Some never listen to lyrics, they just fall under a spell. Some eat it whole. Some just take a bite. Some of us like to get on our backs and roll around in it like a dog.

Consequence of Sound's musical artist of the decade is Jack White.

The New York Times asks bookstores which titles are most frequently shoplifted.

At BookPeople in Austin, titles displayed with staff recommendation cards are a darling among thieves. “It’s so bad lately that I feel like our staff recommendation cards should read: ‘BookPeople Bookseller recommends that you steal ________.’ Apparently the criminal element in Austin shares our literary tastes, or are very prone to suggestion,” Elizabeth Jordan, the head book buyer, wrote in an e-mail message.

Indiescreet lists 10 musical acts to watch out for in 2010.

3:AM Magazine has named its books of the year.

In a Wall Street Journal article about the decade and celebrity, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins shares his thoughts.

Just having a great song doesn't seem to be enough anymore -- there has to be a great story, a controversy, because people just don't have enough time. I grew up in the shadow of the '50s and '60s where the singles market, where it being about one song, had passed, and it was more about albums and a body of work. Now, careers are made and broken one song at a time. It has a reductionist aspect to it.

Publishers Weekly examines the trend of turning classic novels into comics.

At the Guardian's music blog, Simon Reynolds discusses the decade's changes to the music underground.

The Associated Press profiles graphic novelist Joe Sacco.

The Quietus explores the influence of Britpop on the music of the past decade.

Five Chapters is posting a new short story every day through January 3rd, a total of 16 stories from 16 authors.

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)

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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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