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January 1, 2011

Shorties (Broken Bells, Why Criticism Matters, and more)

The Current is streaming a Broken Bells Minneapolis performance from early December.

In the New York Times, six accomplished critics explain "why criticism matters."

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.

The CBC offers a 2010 Canadian literature quiz.

Rocks Off lists 2010's biggest musical surprises.

The Telegraph offers a New Year literary quiz.

Las Vegas Weekly offers insight into making a year-end best albums list.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best noses in literature.

The Guardian previews 2011 in music.

All Things Considered interviews Oxford American editor Marc Smirnoff about the magazine's annual music issue, which focuses on Alabama artists this year.

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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