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December 18, 2010

Shorties (Holiday Mixtapes, The Importance of Fairy Tales, and more)

Beautiful Pigeon and Verbicide share mp3 holiday mixtapes.

Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie, A.S. Byatt and others talk about the importance of fairy tales at To the Best of Our Knowledge.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included Baseball America's favorite baseball books, GalleyCat's best nonfiction books, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Tiny Mix Tapes' albums, Guardian critics' favorite album lists, and much more.

In the New York Times, Garrison Keillor reviews Autobiography of Mark Twain.

CultureMob lists Portland's best literary presses.

Wayward Blog lists the top 10 reasons your "top ten albums" list sucks.

At the Wall Street Journal, television writer Eddie Gorodetsky shares a holiday music playlist and explains how to make a great holiday mix.

The Record talks to successful country music songwriters.

The New York Times shares a comic of subway riders reviewing books.

TNW Apps lists three ways the web is making music smarter.

Pop & Hiss profiles the band Middle Brother, which contains members of Deer Tick, Delta Spirit, and Dawes.

Mental Floss lists 10 works of literature that were really hard to write.

I talk about my favorite book of the year at The Millions' Year in Reading.

RIP Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart.

Nerdage interviews singer-songwriter Ray Wall about his music genre, "comic book rock."

Nerdage: What is “Comic Book Rock” and how did you start creating it?

Ray Wall: Comic Book Rock is a new genre of music that we began introducing and defining in 2005 for what we viewed as an underserved and emerging fan base. It’s an innovation that allows contemporary music to explicitly intersect with comics and imagination based fiction. In other words, Comic Book Rock is real deal, fan-based, content-true music that talks about super-heroes by name, their powers, what they do, their arch-enemies and so on.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday album.

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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