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December 23, 2010

Shorties (Belle and Sebastian, Stephen Sondheim, and more)

NPR is streaming video of a recent Glasgow holiday performance by Belle and Sebastian.


KCRW's Bookworm interviews Stephen Sondheim today about his book, Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes.


Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included NPR's weird and wonderful books of the year, Grist's favorite food books, and more.


Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Rob Sheffield's top songs, the Los Angeles Times music critics' favorite albums, and much more.


The Guardian Books Blog ponders musical adaptations of serious novels, focusing on the forthcoming Broadway production of Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho.


Hidden Track lists the best music-related trends of 2010.


The Huffington Post lists 10 Los Angeles literary hotspots.


Pop & Hiss's Margaret Wappler explains how she built her top albums of the year list.


3:AM Magazine profiles comics writer Harvey Pekar.


USA Today lists essential 2010 graphic novels for gift-giving.


Speakeasy lists the best music lists of 2010.


Comic Book Resources has finished its countdown of the top 50 comic book artists of all time.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3:

Elf: Music From The Motion Picture.
Neon Trees: Habits


At The Nervous Breakdown, Susan Henderson interviews Caroline Levitt about her new novel, Pictures of You.


Chapter 16 interviews Amy Greene about her novel, Bloodroot.


My own "best of 2010" book & music lists:

favorite albums of 2010
favorite graphic novels
favorite nonfiction books
favorite novels of 2010
favorite short story collections

Coming later this month: my favorite free and legal mp3 downloads and favorite debut novels of the year.


Amazon MP3 is unveiling a new free holiday song every day until Christmas.


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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