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November 17, 2010

Shorties (Jay-Z, Mary Gaitskill, and more)

Fresh Air interviews Jay-Z about his new book, Decoded.

The Link recaps a recent lecture by author Mary Gaitskill.

The majority of Gaitskill's lecture focused on something that creative writing courses tend to shy away from, considering that it cannot really be taught: the question of unseeable content, the form under the plot, "the deeper quality, the unconscious soul," the "inner weaving of a story that you can't read—you have to feel," as Gaitskill put it.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included iFanboy's best manga, Marginal Revolution's books of the year, a list of authors' favorite books at Bookforum, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included's best piano jazz albums, Dots & Dashes' best tracks, and more.

The Telegraph interviews Paul Auster about his new novel, Sunset Park.

Prefix interviews the Concretes about the band's new album, WYWH.

At the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, author Tawni O'Dell shares an essay about gender bias in literature.

Wayward Blog lists five great instrumental bands.

Prospero interviews Emma Donoghue about her novel, Room.

The Riverfront Times interviews Amanda Palmer about the Dresden Dolls reunion.

The Guardian lists the top 10 crime locations in fiction.

The Atlantic profiles "music's first all-female supergroup," Wild Flag.

Media Mob examines the migration of authors and journalists to the video game industry.

Mosh Potatoes just may be the world's first heavy metal cookbook.

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Brock Clarke's latest novel, Exley.

Pop & Hiss lists its 15 favorite Beatles songs.

Cultist interviews Julie Klausner about her memoir, I Don't Care About Your Band.

PopMatters profiles singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash.

The Mail & Guardian examines the current state of the British folk rock scene.

April Winchell has posted an eclectic, pop culture-centric collection of holiday mp3s.

NME reports that the Strokes have finished recording their next album.

Guernica interviews author Aimee Bender. (via)

Flavorwire lists five online literary magazines you should be reading.

The November edition of the Music Alliance Pact has been posted, containing 34 songs from 34 countries curated by 32 music bloggers.

The Christian Science Monitor lists five children's books by U.S. politicians.

Tor shares a selection of science fiction-inspired album covers.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Jenny and Johnny's new I'm Having Fun Now album for $3.99.

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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