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January 30, 2011

Shorties (They Might Be Giants, Zora Neale Hurston, and more)

UGO lists the top 50 They Might Be Giants songs.

The Los Angeles Times visits Eatonville, Florida, the adopted hometown of author Zora Neale Hurston.

The Hartford Courant examines marketing challenges for bands in the digital age.

Gothamist interviews members of the Hold Steady.

The Observer explores the role of cultural criticism in an age of social media.

The Wall Street Journal reviews recently re;eased mystery novels, including Wesley Stace's excellent Charles Jessold, Considered a Murderer.

Small Measures recommends 10 "eco reads" for winter.

Gang of Four vocalist Jon King talks to All Things Considered about the band's new album, Content.

The Chicago Sun-Times interviews David Lowery of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven about his new solo album, The Palace Guards.

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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