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December 9, 2010

Shorties (The Decemberists, Emma Donoghue, and more)

NME reports that the Decemberists are in talks to write a musical.

Speakeasy interviews Emma Donoghue, author of the novel Room about a possible film adaptation as well as her next book.

Tell me about the screenplay?

I would like "Room" to be a movie. I am starting negotiations. With my other books there were various attempts and talk at making a movie but this one I am actually looking for: I can see it working as a film. I have written a screenplay and just starting to talk with people about possibilities. I haven't sold rights yet but I am thinking of actors. It's very fantasy football. I sit around with my friends and they are saying, "not her," "not him," "no way." But seriously I am negotiating that and I'm also onto my next novel which is set in San Francisco in the 1870s. Luckily, it’s nothing like "Room."

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the New Yorker's books of the year, Slashfood's top cookbooks, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Stereogum's top albums, Fluxblog's songs of the year, and much more.

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 of the year.

The Frisky lists 11 "indie-tastic" holiday songs.

Up on the Sun lists the 10 steps to becoming the next indie buzz band.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles Ghostland Observatory.

The duo's electronic leanings stood out in Austin. "There was a punk scene in the Red River district," Mr. Turner recalls, "and classic Austin -- blues, rock and country influences. Then you had us, doing electronics, rock, psych and funk mixed into one. It was a little different than what people were going out to see."

Read more:

PopMatters shares 10 thoughts on Tao Lin's latest novel, Richard Yates.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews Nicole Krauss today about her latest novel, Great House.

Flavorwire shares a list of wonderful songs about horrible people.

Scene Asia interviews director Tran Anh Hung about his film adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood.

Indiebound lists independent bookstores that are selling Google's eBooks.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Book Blog breaks down the indie bookstores' share of Google eBook sales.

The Grand Rapids Press on ranking the best albums of 2010 without ever listening to them.

At Conversational Reading, author J.C. Hallman lists his 10 favorite books of creative criticism.

Flavorwire offers a gift guide featuring 100 gifts for 100 cultural icons.

At The Quietus, the members of Wire offer a track-by-track breakdown of their new album, Red Barked Tree (out January 11th).

The Algonquin Books Blog interviews author and bookseller Emma Straub.

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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