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December 15, 2010

Shorties (Indie Rock Holiday Songs, Shakespeare in Science Fiction, and more)

Speakers in Code rounds up new indie rock holiday songs.

io9 lists the coolest Shakespeare riffs in science fiction and fantasy.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included eight year-end lists from Forbidden Planet (several comic creators' lists), Brooklyn Based's best Brooklyn books, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included the Spin's albums you might have missed, PopMatters ' most disappointing albums, and much more.

The Christian Science Monitor profiles the 10 books longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize.

The Huffington Post lists 10 visual artists who use books as their medium.

A Guardian reviewer reads 11 celebrity memoirs in four days, and recounts the experience.

Empire has news of Pete Doherty's forthcoming film debut.

At Salon, Laura Miller explains why people love bad writing.

The Russian Futurists' Matthew Adam Hart talks to Spinner about hip-hop's influence on his new album, The Weight's on the Wheels.

In the Wall Street Journal, author Orson Scott Card explains how the word "friend" became a verb.

The December edition of the Music Alliance Project is available, and contains over 30 new songs from around the world.

Comic Book Resources lists its favorite female comic creators of 2010.

At the Wall Street Journal, Howard Jacobson lists five winning novels about failure.

Morning Edition talks to independent booksellers about their future.

Planetizen shares a playlist of urban planning songs.

The New Statesman examines the growing trend of instrumental popular music.

I've noticed that there seems to have been an increase in popular acts that do without words altogether - or whose vocals are muffled, quiet and unintelligible, as if they were trying to tell you something not very important from the other side of a brick wall. In the past, instrumental acts would have been solely associated with either dance music or what is irritatingly referred to as "chill out" but, in the past few years, this seems to have changed, with some instrumentals even getting played on daytime radio.

NPR Music shares a streaming holiday music mix.

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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