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December 11, 2010

Shorties (Indie Christmas Songs, Dave Eggers, and more)

Audio Muffin shares an Indie Christmas Songs 2010 mix.

Cover Me streams R.E.M.'s fan club-only Christmas single, which includes a cover of Darlene Loves "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" as well as an instrumental mix of three tracks from the band's forthcoming album.

The Washington Post profiles author and publisher Dave Eggers.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included Maud Newton's favorite books, the Shelf Awareness staff's top books, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Carrie Brownstein's top albums, Fingertips' favorite free and legal mp3 downloads, and much more.

The Globe and Mail reviews Steve Martin's new novel, An Object of Beauty.

Ultimately, what Martin has created is not just a crafty portrait of the art world but a haunting tragicomedy of manners. As such, it fits into a lineage of Manhattan stories stretching back to Edith Wharton and Henry James and up through Louis Auchincloss and John Updike.

Mobile Beat talks to the publisher of Neal Stephenson's new digital novel, The Mongoliad.

The Guardian reviews Alex Ross's latest book, Listen to This.

Ross's rapid-fire discourses on music from very different parts of the musical spectrum create fascinating perspectives. One minute, you're immersed in Mozart, and then suddenly you're on tour with Radiohead and contemplating what it must have felt like for an unworldly Finnish conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, to take the reins of the LA Philharmonic. Reading the book is the literary equivalent of an iPod on shuffle; it offers fresh and unexpected stimulation at every turn.

On sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: Feist's The Reminder album.

At NPR, Sloane Crosley discusses her love for Irvine Welsh's novel Filth.

The Nervous Breakdown lists the 10 craziest practices of the book world.

The Wall Street Journal critiques Oprah's choce of two Charles Dickens novels for her book club.

Aquarium Drunkard shares mp3s of the Beatles' Christmas Singles Club releases.

Have a band tattoo? The folks who edited The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide are looking for submissions for their second book.

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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