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December 5, 2010

Shorties (Leslie Feist, Saul Bellow, and more)

The Observer interviews singer-songwriter Leslie Feist about making her documentary, Look at What the Light Did Now (CD/DVD out December 7th).

The Kansas City Star reviews the new book, Saul Bellow: Letters.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the New York Times' notable crime books, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's best books, the Vancouver Sun's top Canadian books, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included NME's most underrated albums, the Chicago Tribune's best jazz albums, the Filter staff's top albums, and much more.

My "best of 2010" book & music lists:

favorite graphic novels
favorite albums of 2010

Coming Monday: my favorite novels of the year.

The San Francisco Sentinel offers a book lover's guide to the city.

GalleyCat lists "what publishers, authors and journalists can learn from indie rock and music blogs."

The Denver Post questions the viability of regional, big-city orchestras.

Spool Going Round is listing great moments when movies and music meet.

The Observer profiles author Margaret Drabble and her early career goal of becoming an actress.

TwentyFour Bit has videos of Wilco frontman Jeff tweedy playing with Yo Ta Tengo.

In the New York Times, Arthur Krystal examines our love of literary lists.

Sam Irvin talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise.

On sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: The Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed album.

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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