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December 7, 2010

Shorties (Daft Punk's Tron Legacy Soundtrack, Howard Jacobson, and more)

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Daft Punk's Tron Legacy soundtrack.

The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune review the album.


Howard Jacobson talks to All Things Considered about his Booker Prize-winning novel, The Finkler Question.


Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included Salon's best fiction, New York magazine's books of the year, and more.


Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Chromewaves and You Ain't No Picasso's albums of the year, and much more.


My "best of 2010" book & music lists:

favorite albums of 2010
favorite graphic novels
favorite novels of 2010

Coming later today: my favorite nonfiction books of the year.


CHARTattack lists 12 "record store clerk-approved songs about snow."


The Guardian profiles Amy Sackville, author of The Still Point.

Despite her deft control of the reader's emotions, she resists the characterisation of the novel as an emotional machine. Instead, Sackville cites a character in Gabriel Josipovici's Everything Passes, who declares that Rabelais was the first writer who "sits down on his own in a room and writes something which is intended to be read by another person on their own in another room".


The Rumpus interviews contributors to the compilation Rumpus Women: Personal Essays by Women.


Psdtuts+ looks back at 50 years of typography in album covers.


The December issue of Bookslut is online, and contains an interview with cartoonist Sarah Glidden.


The Telegraph profiles the Pixies and the band's innovative online sales of live concerts.


The New York Times examines Google's new e-bookstore.


20 essential works of Asian-American literature.


Forbes lists 10 great books for career changers.


The Pitchfork 2010 Readers Poll is now open.


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.


Win an autographed copy of China Mieville's novel Kraken in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Contest sponsored by AbeBooks:



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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