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January 9, 2011

Shorties (Alan Lomax, Snooki's Debut Novel, and more)

John Zwed talks to All Things Considered about his new book, Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World.

The Record interviews The Jersey Shore's Snooki about her debut novel, A Shore Thing.

Q. What type of preparation did you do when you were getting ready to put this together?

I worked with a collaborator [Valerie Frankel]. I wanted her to know how I wanted the book to go, all my ideas, what kind of stories I wanted in there. The characters' names are the names I want to name my kids. She helped me make it really good.

The Galveston County Daily News wonders if the book is genre fiction.

The Poughkeepsie Journal lists young adult fiction with crossover potential for adult readers.

The Observer profiles Olafur Arnalds.

Wearing one hat, Arnalds is a pop producer and with another he is the drummer in a hardcore band with the no-nonsense name Fighting Shit. When I first encounter him, in the course of Reykjavík's Iceland Airwaves festival, he's playing techno, as one half of a duo called Kiasmos, at a bar called Apotekid in the early evening. Later, he takes to the stage with a collection of string players at Idno, a 19th-century theatre at the edge of the city's pond (a modest – very Icelandic – description of what any other city might call its lake).

Haaretz reviews the book Saul Bellow: Letters.

RIP Dick King-Smith, author of the children's books that spawned the movie Babe.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Iron & Wine's The Shepherd's Dog album for $3.99.

Sweeping the Nation is listing 100 reasons to look forward to 2011's musical output.

Marina Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds talks to Wales on Sunday about her past year.

Last 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.

Wednesday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included wo album lists from Donewaiting, NYCTaper's best concerts, 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 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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