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December 28, 2010

Shorties (Best Fictional Hangovers, Charles Portis, and more)

The Guardian lists the 10 best fictional hangovers in print, film, and song.

A 2003 Believer profile of Charles Portis, author of True Grit as well as one of my all-time favorite novels, The Dog of the South.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the Wichita Eagle's best books, author Dennis Cooper's favorite books, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Gimme Tinnitus's favorite Daytrotter songs, the FemaleFirst's top indie albums, and much more.

Idolator rounds up 2010's #1 albums.

DC9 at Night lists four folk acts to follow in 2011.

Q Magazine lists the 30 greatest albums of the past 25 years.

The Yorker lists the top 10 historical novels of all time.

The Boston Globe interviews ?uestlove of The Roots.

The Sydney Morning Herald lists 15 books every Australian should read.

On sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: The Black Keys' Brother album.

The Chicago Tribune recaps the year in Wilco and Kanye West.

At All Things Considered, Alan Cheuse reviews the book Saul Bellow: Letters.

KPCC interviews composer Van Dyke Parks.

Mashable lists five e-book trends that will change the future of publishing.

All Things Considered talks to translators about working on classic works of literature.

At Techland, Douglas Wolk previews the best of 2011's comics.

All Things Considered profiles the band Buke and Gass.

The band Buke and Gass has a throttling yet joyful sound and a handcrafted sensibility that enraptured listeners this year and landed its album Riposte on NPR Music's list of 50 Favorite Albums of 2010. A Brooklyn-based duo, Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez play with customized homemade gear that includes heavy-duty amps, a "toe-bourine," a kick-drum with noisemakers and, of course, the modified baritone ukulele ("buke") and guitar-bass hybrid ("gass") that inspired their name. It's this mix of ingenuity and musical experimentation that makes their metal- and prog-rock-infused music so unusual and unpredictable.

NPR Music remembers musicians who passed away in 2010.

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.

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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