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January 29, 2011

Shorties (Sufjan Stevens, Literary Profiling, and more)

Sufjan Stevens talks songwriting with the New Zealand Herald.

"It's sort of a very scholastic approach. I don't think my music has much scholarship to it. But the process is definitely influenced by that procedure."

The New York Times examines the perils of literary profiling.

The Toronto Star profiles author Colm Toibin.

Publishers Weekly compares the revenues from digital and print comics.

IGN UK lists the most anticipated albums of 2011.

The Washington Post reviews Patton Oswalt's memoir, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland.

False Economy shares author Philip Pullman's recent speech on the value of libraries.

Alt.Latino examines the history of Cuban rock.

Impose lists the most memorable kid geniuses in literature.

Marksbury interviews Elaine Showalter about the new book she edited, The Vintage Book of American Women Writers.

Thursday's final update to the online "best books of 2010" lists included The Utne Reader's books of the year,'s best poetry books, the PopMatters' best fiction and nonfiction books, and more.

The most recent update 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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