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November 29, 2010

Shorties (David Bowie, Salman Rushdie, and more)

A Piece of Monologue points out a 1975 David Bowie documentary.


Big Think interviews author Salman Rushdie.

Rushdie says there is a double standard for immigrant writers. Western writers have always given themselves the freedom to write about any topic: "If John Updike wants to write a novel set in Africa he does. If Saul Bellow wants to write a novel set in Africa he feels free to do so, whereas sometimes if the reverse happens, if a third-world writer wishes to set a novel in Illinois, he might be asked what he thinks he is doing." This, he believes, is a hangover of a kind of cultural colonialism.

At the Wall Street Journal, Rushdie lists his favorite fantasy novels.


Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the Minneapolis Star Tribune & Telegraph's books of the year, and more.


Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included the Telegraph's best music books, Piccadilly Records' albums of the year, and more.


The CBC profiles "literary bad boy" Tom McCarthy.


The Jewish Daily Forward offers a "twisty history of Jewish kid lit."


Annie Lennox talks to The Big Issue about her new holiday album, A Christmas Cornucopia.


Stream a new song by film director David Lynch at the Guardian Music Blog.


Women Read Comics in Public


Salon lists the year's best graphic novels.


On sale for $1.99 at Amazon MP3:

The Arcade Fire's The Suburbs album
Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot...The Son Of Chico Dusty album
John Lennon's Power To The People - The Hits album
Jack Johnson's In Between Dreams album
John Mayer's Battle Studies album
Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster album
LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening album
Mavis Staples' You Are Not Alone album
The National's High Violet album
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album
Robert Plant's Band of Joy album
The Roots' How I Got Over album
Sade's Soldier of Love album
Sara Bareilles' Kaleidoscope Heart album
Spoon's Transference album
Train's Save Me, San Francisco album
The Walkmen's Lisbon album
Weezer's Hurley album
the XX's xx album

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3:

Bob Marley's Legend album
Brandon Flowers' Flamingo
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' self-titled album
Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album
Lady Gaga's The Fame album
Lady Gaga: The Remix album
M.I.A.'s Maya album
Ne-Yo's Libra Scale album
Neon Trees' Habits album
Robyn's Body Talk album
The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground & Nico album


Drowned in Sound interviews Interpol's Paul Banks.


Marc Masters, author of the book No Wave, has started curating a "museum of indie rock" collection on Flickr.


Win a copy of Keith Richards' memoir Life 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
Online "Best Music 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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