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December 14, 2009

Shorties (Pitchfork's Top Tracks of 2009, McSweeney's Panorama, and more)

Pitchfork has started its countdown of the top 100 tracks of 2009.

Time reviews McSweeney's #33, the San Francisco Panorama newspaper edition.

New York Magazine's reason #34 to love New York, "Because our summers rock."

At It's Nice That, author Tao Lin recaps his year.

The Free Music Archive now houses 14,379 free and legal mp3s.

3hive is sharing a growing list of free and legal digital Christmas music.

SXSW has updated its list of 2010 showcasing bands.

Bedeutung Blog interviews author Martin Amis.

Pitchfork has started its countdown of the top 100 tracks of 2009.

The New York Times reports that a "multimedia theater piece" based on Haruki Murakami's novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is set to open next month.

The Guardian's music blog has kicked off its top 10 albums of 2009 countdown.

Stereotyping people by their favorite author.

Salon reviews the graphic novel Logicomix.

What "Logicomix" niftily demonstrates is how well the graphic novel form is suited to mounting sprightly explanations of abstract concepts. Thinkers often employ concrete metaphors as tools to convey difficult ideas -- the "infinite hotel" of mathematician David Hilbert, for example, an establishment that, although full, always has room for another guest. In "Logicomix," Hilbert's paradox is further visualized by a character checking into an actual hotel and drawing arrows on the posted floor plan. That character is the British philosopher Bertrand Russell, and the scene is played for laughs with Russell's bemused new bride shaking her head and a German porter exclaiming "They are crazy, these Britons!"

Stacked Up is a video series where authors discuss their book collections.

The Audio Muffin shares some indie rock Christmas songs.

nyctaper interviews singer-songwriter J. Tillman.

The Largehearted Boy favorite albums of 2009.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2009" book lists
online "best of 2009" music lists
Online Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Book Lists
best of the decade (2000-2009) online music lists

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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists