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January 12, 2011

Shorties (Michael Chabon on Hip-Hop, Margaret Atwood Interviewed, and more)

At the Atlantic, Michael Chabon explains how hip-hop music returned to his life.

Londoner interviews author Margaret Atwood.

Yesterday'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.

Rocks Off lists the 11 best rock duos.

In Smithsonian Magazine, Paul Theroux writes of the trouble with autobiography.

Members of Oh No Oh My talk to Speakeasy about being music blog darlings.

Now punctuation-free, the members admit being a music blog darling helped their career, but they don't necessarily think blogs represent bands very well. "They [blogs] just burn through different bands so fast," Hoxmeier says. "You have such a wealth of music to go through. People just make snap judgments based off of five seconds of music or something in the comment section or some word somebody said instead of listening to the music." he added: "It[s a great way of discovering music, but I don't think it’s a good way of judging music."

PopMatters recaps 2010 in music journalism.

Immanence lists the best ecocultural books of the past decade.

Guest of a Guest predicts this year's Coachella music festival lineup.

Publishers Weekly explores the evolution of comics' connection to mass media.

The Trades reviews the graphic novel adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel Anthem.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Black Dub's self-titled album.

Hey Ladies shares a streaming music mix featuring the women of post-punk.

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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