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January 14, 2010

Shorties (Anne Tyler, Brandi Carlile, and more)

NPR reviews and excerpts from Anne Tyler's new novel, Noah's Compass.

The Omaha World-Herald interviews singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile about her latest album, Give Up the Ghost.

The New Republic features a new books blog, simply titled The Book.

PopMatters interviews James Graham of The Twilight Sad.

Mitali's Fire Escape lists kid/YA books set in Haiti.

The Daily Tar Heel lists the top 10 North Carolina bands of 2010.

Jacket Copy lists 10 choice books about marijuana.

The Guardian previews the best books released in the first half of 2010.

What Are They Listening to on the Subway asks subway riders what's playing on their mp3 player.

RIP Teddy Pendergrass.

On sale at Amazon MP3:

Fever Ray's 2009 10-track self-titled album for $2.99

American Express's OPEN Forum lists five books that defined the decade.

The Guardian reports that Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is musically collaborating with Jessica Simpson.

Flavorwire lists 10 books for your early 2010 reading list.

I would add Jami Attenberg's second novel The Melting Season and Amy Greene's Bloodroot.

RIP, singer-songwriter Jay Reatard.

Centro-matic's Will Johnson is guest editing at Magnet this week.

The Globe and Mail previews the most important books released this spring.

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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