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January 20, 2011

Shorties (Sharon Van Etten, Colm Toibin, and more)

Make Major Moves interviews singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

NPR reviews (and excerpts from) Colm Toibin's new story collection, The Empty Family.

Drowned in Sound interviews Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch about his new book, The Celestial Cafe.

Author James Ellroy describes his new television series at TV Guide.

NPR is streaming yesterday's Decemberists' concert, where the band played their new album, The King Is Dead, in its entirety..

The Believer shares an excerpt from Deb Olin Unferth's marvelous new memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War.

The Telegraph reports that Bob Dylan has signed a six book contract with Simon & Schuster.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews David Levithan today about his new book, The Lover's Dictionary.

Windy City Times interviews singer-songwriter Liz Phair.

The nominees for the 2011 Edgar Awards for crime writing have been announced.

Stereogum shares a new mp3 from the forthcoming Mountain Goats album, All Eternals Deck.

At the Algonquin Books Blog, authors Caroline Leavitt and Jennifer Gilmore discuss the writing process.

The Pioneer Press profiles cartoonist and author Lynda Barry.

"If you make non-mainstream comics, the road is wide open now," she continued. "It's because of that term 'graphic,' as in graphic novel, graphic memoir... graphic chicken soup for the graphic soul, it's just graphic everything. It's a term I hate, by the way -- but I do know it's because of the use of this word that comics are finally being studied and taught in college. And graphic people like myself can get paid graphic money to give graphic talks about their graphic work at these colleges. For this I am graphically grateful. But I still hate the word."

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Tegan and Sara's The Con album.

Amazon MP3 offers a couple of hundred popular songs for 69 cents each.

All Things Considered recommends three books for your motorcycle road trip.

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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