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December 17, 2010

Shorties (Vampire Weekend, Sheila Heti, and more)

Idolator is streaming Vampire Weekend's cover of Cheryl Cole's "Fight For This Love."

Sheila Heti talks to the New York Observer about the difficulty getting her second novel, How Should a Person Be?, published in the U.S.

"What is it about How Should A Person Be?" Heti asked, clicking audibly through her e-mail. She read snippets of rejections rapid-fire, without attributing them. One editor enjoyed reading it but didn't find the story line compelling enough. One informed her that people "don't talk like that in New York." Another wanted one character's presence amplified. Yet another didn't think he could sell a book about not being able to finish a play.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included several lists from Library Journal, the most interesting UFO books, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Pitchfork's top albums, You Ain't No Picasso's favorite songs, and much more.

Scene Asia interviews Miguel Syjuco about life after winning the Man Asia Literary Prize for his novel, Ilustrado.

The Harford Advocate explores the literary legacy of Zora Neale Hurston.

The Louisville Courier-Journal profiles Jukebox the Ghost's Ben Thornewill.

Jukebox the Ghost's reverence for classical-music masters isn't apparent upon casual listens. The songs are fleet, bouncy and catchy, carried by Thornewill's piano parts and the indie-geek singing of Thornewill and guitarist Tommy Siegel.

The Guardian offers tips for writing the perfect Christmas song.

Noise interviews Nick Zammuto of The Books about the band's songwriting and sampling process.

The London Evening Standard profiles Jack White's record label, Third Man Records.

Rocks Off lists its top 10 non-traditional Christmas songs.

TODAYonline profiles singer-songwriter Owen Pallett.

Consequence of Sound has named The Roots its band of the year.

Morning Edition explores app versions of cookbooks.

On sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: the 18-track Jump Back - The Best Of The Rolling Stones, '71 - '93 album.

All Songs Considered is conducting a digital album art survey.

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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