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January 16, 2011

Shorties (Gang of Four, Colm Toibin, and more)

Gang of Four's Andy Gill talks to Billboard about the band's new album, Content (out January 25th).

The Economist reviews Colm Toibin's new short fiction collection, The Empty Family: Stories.

The most powerful of Mr Toibin’s stories are those set in Ireland, the most intense his guilty couplings of gay men. This last is something new; the author has been reticent about writing explicit sex scenes in the past. Yet to see Mr Toibin as a gay Irish writer is to misjudge the complexities of his emotional range as a storyteller. These stories are sweet—and Mr Toibin’s voice more assured with every new book he brings out.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviews singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet about covering the Clash's London Calling album in its entirety live.

Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson is a graphic novel I have to read. (via)

The St. Petersburg Times lists actors who can sing (and those who can't).

The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles "new music incubator" Weathervane Music.

"With Weathervane, pop acts such as the Long Island indie quintet Twin Sister have gained access to resources that are not commonly available to scuffling bands on a no-budget business model. It's another example of the music business under today's ever-changing new rules, as the Internet makeover of the industry forces aspiring acts to adapt and build their careers in creative ways."

In the Wall Street Journal, author Ayelet Waldman responds to Amy Chua's recent "Chinese Mothers are Superior" essay.

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea talks to All Things Considered about the band's book, The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History.

Tuesday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the A.V. Clubs best books, Blake Butler's favorite books, the Village Voice's best comics and graphic novels, and more.

Wednesday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included two 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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