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December 13, 2010

Shorties (Depressing Christmas Songs, Elmore Leonard, and more)

Nerve lists the 10 most depressing Christmas songs ever recorded.


Author Elmore Leonard talks to the Observer about his writing career.


Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included eight year-end lists from the Jonathan Yardley's favorite books, the Boston Globe's books of the year, Ed Champion's most underrated books, and more.


Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included the Pop Cop's best albums, Oceans Never Listen's best songs, and much more.


The Wall Street Journal lists novels with a personal finance twist.


UBUWEB lists nine streamable films by and about composer John Cage.


Reading Is Breathing lists books to look forward to in 2011.


The top 100 Norwegian black metal albums of all time.


Ben Burtt talks to Weekend Edition about the new book, The Sounds of Star Wars.


Kitty Kelley defends the unauthorized biography at All Things Considered.


NPR is streaming Royal Thunder's debut album (out December 21st).


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.


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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