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November 14, 2010

Shorties (Ben Folds, Haruki Murakami, and more)

Phillyist interviews Ben Folds about collaborating on an album with author Nick Hornby.

The Mainichi Daily News examines the popularity of Haruki Murakami's novels in Russia.

Yesterday's update to the list of online "best of 2010" book lists included the New York Times' best antiques, art, coffee table, and graphic novel books of the year and more.

The collection of online "best of 2010" music lists debuts tomorrow.

The New York Daily News profiles the still thriving "wizard rock" music genre inspired by the Harry Potter novels.

The Guardian complains that modern books are too long, and offers a top 10 "slim volumes."

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: the Johnny Cash: Live from Austin, TX album.

The Guardian Books Blog notes the trend of literary magazines publishing online in PDF format. lists the 10 most anticipated albums of 2011.

Dennis Lehane talks to Weekend Edition about his new novel, Moonlight Mile. An excerpt is also presented.

The Chicago Tribune interviews Khaela Maricich of The Blow.

Booth Reviews lists the eleven best second albums of all time.

Win the new Pink Martini Christmas album Joy to the World (along with several other holiday CDs (or a $25 Amazon gift certificate) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Online "Best Books of 2010" lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
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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