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December 4, 2010

Shorties (Nellie McKay, Jay McInerney, and more)

Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay joins Michael Feinstein for a performance at Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz.

At Metropolis, author Jay McInerney remembers the scene at Elaine's restaurant in New York.

I mean, you might see Nora Ephron or Lillian Hellman there, but Elaine made it clear that she was running a boy's club, a kind of literary frathouse. And admittance was strictly by invitation. The front tables were strictly reserved for the regulars, many if not all of them writers. George Plimpton, Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, Robert Stone, Willie Morris, Peter Maas and Hunter Thompson were often in attendance. Directors were also welcome — Robert Altman and Woody being among the charter members.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included NPR's best memoirs, the Christian Science Monitor and New York Public Library's best children's books, the Washington Post's top cookbooks, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included a couple of best album lists by BBC DJs, the London Evening Standard's best albums, We Listen For You's best songs, and much more.

I posted my favorite graphic novels of the year yesterday, and my favorite albums of 2010 the day before. Coming Monday: my favorite novels of the year.

At Dose, Matt & Kim list the top 5 acts to watch in 2011.

The Globe and Mail profiles author Anita Shreve.

NME calls for bands to stop making "crap Christmas songs."

The Washington Post points out three recently released books on hipsters.

The New York Observer lists the musical miscues that have occurred when pop and politics have collided.

The Wall Street Journal lists "five indelible portraits of women's lives" in fiction.

On sale at Amazon MP3:

Dean Martin's My Kind of Christmas for $1.99
U2's October album for $3.99

Singer-songwriter Mason Jennings visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Santa's Working Overtime is an excellent music blog specializing in holiday tunes.

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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