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January 3, 2010

Shorties (Vic Chesnutt, Neil Gaiman, and more)

Online Athens remembers singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt.

As part of the Telegraph's expat book club Neil Gaiman introduces his book, Neverwhere.

Why am I an expat? Writers can write pretty much anywhere, and I was working for US publishers, being paid in dollars. Which were, in 1991, worth less every week. And my American wife pointed out that if we went to her country we could spend them there, and we could buy a big Addams Family house with many acres for the price of a one-bedroom flat in Croydon. So we did.

The Observer lists the best iPhone apps for culture vultures.

The Denver Post examines the slow fade of the album as a music format.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune previews 2010's top musical moments.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette lists novels that used Western Pennsylvania as a setting in 2009.

The Omaha World-Herald lists 10 tempting 2010 books.

The Boston Globe reviews Joan Schenkar's new book, The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith.

Patricia Highsmith was a horrible person and Joan Schenkar’s new biography of her is an awful book, though at least one of these things could have been averted. As Highsmith’s former college classmate noted, the author “was ambitious and hardworking (and) when she was successful, I wasn’t surprised. But I wouldn’t have wanted her life.’’

The News of the World lists 10 new musicians to watch in 2010.

The Toronto Star reviews Ha Jin's latest collection of short stories, A Good Fall.

Garage Hangover is a website devoted to 1960's garage bands.

The Jakarta Post profiles author Neil Gaiman.

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:

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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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