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January 14, 2011

Shorties (Liz Phair, Jonathan Lethem, and more)

The Denver Post interviews Liz Phair.


Jonathan Lethem celebrates Wikipedia's 10th anniversary at the Atlantic.


Marathonpacks shares sales numbers of Pitchfork's 2010 top 50 albums.


The Beatles' Abbey Road was the bestselling vinyl album in the US in 2010 (and 2009 as well).


The Las Cruces Sun-News lists the 100 best New Mexico books.


In the Telegraph, Neil McCormick examines whether rich kids can rock.


One Thirty BPM lists the most anticipated albums of 2011.


15 little known facts about the Brothers Grimm.


Writers on Process has changed its name to Songwriters on Process, and just finished its 50th interview on the craft of writing.


On sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: Regina Spektor's Begin to Hope album (one of my favorite albums of 2006).


Used Furniture Review interviews Emma Straub about her forthcoming story collection, Other People We Married.

UF Review: We’re really excited about your forthcoming story collection, Other People We Married. How would you describe the book? When did you start writing it?

Straub: Thank you for saying so! I would describe the collection as simultaneously melancholy and hilarious. It’s like a sandwich, with the sad parts hidden inside with the slightly wilty lettuce. I wrote the earliest story in this collection in 2006, and the most recent in late 2010.


Rick Moody interviews Dave Allen at Pistol Mice.


Review Magazine profiles author Matt Bell.


The Guardian on pop stars releasing a great album then retreating:

It's not exactly a mystery why this happens. Chart pop, even more than most of the music business, is thoroughly market-driven, and in the case of Spears and Clarkson a return to Cheeky Britney and Fun Kelly was exactly what the market demanded. But it's still a shame – in all three cases the more interesting record wasn't some kind of misguided experiment, it was an organic progression from the music the act had made before.


The Norris Library interviews Colin Dickey about his book, Cranioklepty.


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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