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January 5, 2011

Shorties (Joanna Newsom, Joseph Brodsky, and more)

Prospero interviews singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom.

Tablet reviews Joseph Brodsky: A Literary Biography.

The Palo Alto Daily News profiles singer-songwriter John Vanderslice.

"It's very important for me (that the words) have a visual component," said Vanderslice, who in the past has stated he actually prefers watching films to listening to music. "I am definitely really influenced by visual presentation."

GalleyCat is building an Authors Who Visit Book Clubs director.

At Salon, Laura Miller offers tips on becoming a better reader this year.

TBD profiles several D.C. concert poster artists.

The New Yorker examines why people love Stieg Larsson's novels.

Consequence of Sound profiles singer-songwriter Maryanna Sokol.

All Things Considered reviews and excerpts from Gayle Forman's new thriller If I Stay.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Guster's Easy Wonderful album.

Fresh Air interviews Allen Shawn about his memoir, Twin. An excerpt from the book is also presented.

In this video trailer for Wesley Stace's new novel Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, Eugene Mirman interviews the author.

HarperCollins is offering a free digital novella by David Vann.

Music Ruined My Life compares the lives of songwriters Bob Dylan and Joe Strummer.

The Millions and Flavorwire list 2011's most anticipated books.

Recording LA lists its favorite live music recordings of 2010, complete with links to mp3 downloads of the performances.

The 50 greatest works of immigration literature.

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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