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January 10, 2011

Shorties (Wire, James Franco, and more)

Drowned in Sound interviews the members of Wire.

The Telegraph reviews James Franco's debut short story collection, Palo Alto.

The Spectator's Book Blog wonders if modernist literature is boring.

The Audiophiliac remembers cassette tapes as the mp3s of their time.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reviews one of my favorite novels of the year, Paul Murray's Skippy Dies.

Readers who liked the amped-up magic of Michael Chabon's "Kavalier & Clay" will be delighted, and so, too, would have been J.D. Salinger, whose Holden Caulfield launched a thousand, disappointing imitators. But I can readily imagine the old recluse cackling at "Skippy Dies."

Robert McCrum lists his top 10 literary novels of all time, and examines whether fiction can be taught.

The Current is streaming a late December Hold Steady Minneapolis performance.

Karen Abbott talks to Weekend Edition about her new book, American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare — The Life And Times Of Gypsy Rose Lee.

NPR is streaming the Smith Westerns album, Dye It Blonde.

Last Monday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the Wichita Eagle's best books, author Dennis Cooper's favorite books, and more.

Wednesday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included wo 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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