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December 29, 2010

Shorties (Teena Marie, The Very Long Sentence in Literature, and more)

At the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the "indomitable blackness" of singer Teena Marie.

At the New York Times, Ed Park explores the use of "the very long sentence" in literature.

Monday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the Wichita Eagle's best books, author Dennis Cooper's favorite books, and more.

Monday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Gimme Tinnitus's favorite Daytrotter songs, the FemaleFirst's top indie albums, and much more.

The Christian Science Monitor examines the rise of pulp fiction in India, especially among young readers.

Clash profiles the band Tortoise.

Saddled with the burden of the ‘post-rock’ label, in reality Tortoise - McCombs, plus multi-instrumentalist band-mates Dan Bitney, John Herndon, John McEntire and Jeff Parker - have rarely navigated such straight and narrow paths. Krautrock, jazz, lo-fi noise, even hardcore punk and dance nods, have all gone into the blender with frequency.

Sound of the City calls for a redefinition of the word "indie" as it applies to music.

At Reverb, Long Winters frontman John Roderick lists the 10 reasons he hates year-end top 10 lists.

The Atlantic explores the Holocaust's uneasy relationship with literature.

Actres Kirsten Dunst talks music with Pop & Hiss.

Jeff Lemire talks to the CBC's The Next Chapter about his graphic novel, Essex County.

Newsarama interviews Lemire about his latest comic series, Sweet Tooth.

All Things Considered reviews and excerpts from one of my favorite novels, Jose Saramago's Blindness.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Nirvana's Nevermind album.

All Songs Considered interviews Nashville songwriter Shawn Camp.

The L Magazine lists 2011's most anticipated albums.

nyctaper lists its 10 favorite concerts of 2010, with links to download them.

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.

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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