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January 4, 2010

Shorties (Pitchfork Readers Poll, Jennifer Egan, and more)

Pitchfork has released the results of its 2009 readers poll.

The New Yorker features new short fiction, "Safari," by Jennifer Egan.

The Mobile Press-Register lists its favorite literary blogs.

The Music Fix previews 10 bands to watch in 2010.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Devedra Banhart.

The January edition of Bookslut is online, and includes interviews with Daniel Nester and Amy King.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats plays a tiny desk concert for NPR Music.

Robot 6 lists the 50 best comic book covers of 2009.

Running Music Mix is a website "dedicated to running songs categorized by genre and BPM."

In his Guardian blog, Jonathan Jones reviews Alan Moore's book 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom.

Pitchfork has released the results of its 2009 readers poll.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviews author John Wray.

Last we talked, you were at work on a new novel; care to share any of the music influencing that process?

The book I’m working on now is a satire of sorts, more playful than Lowboy, and for the most part a shade or two less dark in its tone, and I’m finding that reflected in the music that I’m listening to, as well. Lately I’ve been putting on some scratchy old vinyl reissues of Django Rheinhardt and Stephane Grapelli just before I sit down to work, to put me in the appropriate mood before I dunk my head under the water. Those early Parisian Rheinhardt/Grapelli recordings are about the most bliss-inducing music I’ve ever heard.

Read an excerpt from Anne Tyler's new novel, Noah's Compass (in stores tomorrow).

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)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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