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January 7, 2010

Shorties (Jack White, Dennis Lehane, and more)

The Phoenix New Times lists 10 reasons why Jack White owned the 00's.

Dennis Lehane talks to Hero Complex about his graphic novel, Shutter Island (featured in yesterday's new Largehearted Boy series, Atomic Books Comics Preview).

Actor Christopher Lee has recorded a "'symphonic metal' album about the first Holy Roman Emperor King Charlemagne."

Prefix offers a crash course in Chinese popular music.

The Sacramento News & Review interviews cartoonist Jeffrey Brown.

Tell me about the zombie book you’re working on; what’s your take on the zombie?

Well, the book itself was a real different take. … They’re undead flesh, but they still think and can accomplish things. Basically, it’s the story of the Beatles, if they had turned into zombies. Except for Ringo; he turns into a ninja. It’s called All of Them Dead.

The Charleston City Paper remembers singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt.

At GalleyCat, former Soft Skull publisher Richard Nash shares his predictions for the publishing industry in the next 10 years.

Padgett Powell discusses his latest book, The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?, with All Things Considered.

School Library Journal recommends webcomics that adapt literary classics.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Manchester Orchestra's 12-track Mean Everything to Nothing album for $2.99.

At the Guardian, author AL Kennedy examines the importance of friends to writers.

It Took Seconds is Tom Ewing's new music blog, where he discusses a song every day (and each song's length has same the number of seconds as days left in 2010).

Granta features an excerpt from Joshua ferris's excellent sophomore novel, The Unnamed.

The Guardian reports that Yoko Ono is writing a book about John Lennon.

Shalom Auslander discusses the book he is currently writing (a "funny book about genocide") at Tablet.

Cartoonist Jeph Jaques (Questionable Content) is sharing one of his music albums on his LiveJournal page.

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

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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)

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