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January 15, 2011

Shorties (The Smiths Project, America's Most Literate Cities, and more)

The Smiths Project features singer Janice Whaley's attempt to cover every song in the Smiths' catalog.

USA Today lists America's most literate cities. (via)

The Los Angeles Times examines new creative ways musicians are delivering music to their fans.

In the Guardian, Laura Miller examines how novels came to terms with the internet.

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor talks to Pop & Hiss about scoring the film The Social Network.

The New York Press lists five reasons you should know about (and love) singer Mavis Staples.

Roxana Robinson talks short story writing with the New York Times.

January's Music Alliance Project post has been released, featuring new music from bloggers around the world.

The Boston Globe reviews Patton Oswalt's new essay collection, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Matt and Kim's Sidewalks album.

S. Carey visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

At eMusic, Jami Attenberg interviews Julie Klam about her book You Had Me at Woof.

World Cafe features a live performance by the Old 97's.

The January edition of the online literary magazine The Collagist is online.

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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