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December 10, 2010

Shorties (Warpaint, Gary Shteyngart, and more)

Pop & Hiss profiles Warpaint, whose The Fool made my list of favorite albums of 2010.

Gary Shteyngart talks to Speakeasy about his latest novel, Super Sad Love Story.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included Maud Newton's favorite books, the Shelf Awareness staff's top books, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Carrie Brownstein's top albums, Fingertips' favorite free and legal mp3 downloads, 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 shortlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2011 has been announced.

At the Huffington Post, prominent poets discuss the state of American poetry.

Comic Book Resources interviews cartoonist Jeff Lemire.

Owen Pallett talks to the Daily Yomiuri about his songwriting process and working with the Arcade Fire.

Express Night Out shares a playlist of "non-cliche" holiday songs.

The Wall Street Journal examines the history of collecting first editions of books.

Oregon Music News interviews Khaela Maricich of The Blow.

Has Jona’s absence been an enabler… enabling The Blow to “pretend that the internet doesn’t exist,” as you say on your MySpace? And work less “hard updating the pages”? You haven’t had any new songs streaming online in ages… I guess what I’m trying to say is, when are we gonna hear, see, learn more about what’s happening with The Blow from you? On the internet… (Besides from your personal blog.)

To be honest, there is a certain sanity in not paying too much attention to how much I show up on the internet. I do have my website,, and when I have something to say I say it there. It has been interesting doing the show and touring without having a record released, because all that people can talk about is what they have seen in the live show. That, and what people say about it in places like the internet, is the only product that anyone can actually grab onto.

The Independent examines the trend of bands' scoring films.

The Japan Times and Daily Yomiuri review the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood.

Art Threat interviews cartoonist Joe Sacco about his influences (which include George Orwell and Hunter S. Thompson).

Fresh Air interviews Dan Charnas, the author of the new book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. An excerpt from the book is also shared.

The Nervous Breakdown shares an excerpt from Patrick Somerville's new short story collection, The Universe in Miniature in Miniature.

Neil Gaiman talks to Talk of the Nation about editing The Best American Comics 2010.

Category Thirteen lists the top literary websites.

Halfwayhousemusic shares a winter mp3 mix filled with holiday tunes.

Blogads interviews Rebecca Joines Schinsky, the blogger behind The Book Lady's Blog.

Up on the Sun ponders the significance of list of 2010 year-end online music lists.

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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