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January 15, 2010

Shorties (Joshua Ferris, Suede Reunion, and more)

The L Magazine points out the new video trailer for Joshua Ferris's forthcoming novel, The Unnamed.

NME reports that Suede will reunite for a one-night charity show in March. collects musicians' reactions to the death of singer-songwriter Jay Reatard.

Rocks Off lists 10 musical artists who never got their due.

Caleb J. Ross lists 2010 books of note coming out of small presses.

PopMatters examines the indie band reunions of the 2000s.

Athens Online profiles Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers and his father David Hood, of the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

Patti Smith talks to NPR's Morning Edition about her new memoir, Just Kids. An excerpt from the book is also presented.

On sale at Amazon MP3: the 14-track compilation album Indie Rocks! A Benefit Album For Malaria No More for $2.99.

NPR Music lists the 10 best rap mixtapes of the decade.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Robert Stone's new short story collection, Fun with Problems.

Neil Gaiman reports that the House on the Rock is planning a three-day festival this Halloween centering on his novel American Gods.

Fireballs in the shape of Liam Gallagher's head.

Michael Hyatt lists the top 10 U.S. book publishers for 2009.

Nialler9 lists its top 10 musical artists to watch for in 2010.

The Guardian Books Blog reports that Columbia University has commissioned filmmakers to bring to the big screen the works of James Incandenza, protagonist of David Foster Wallace's novel Infinite Jest.

How surreally wonderful to discover that an entire exhibition devoted to the "works" of David Foster Wallace's fictional creation James Incandenza is set to open later this month. A cult filmmaker, Incandenza is the star of Wallace's seminal novel Infinite Jest (the 1,000-page book centres on the missing master copy of his film of the same name, so entertaining it renders spectators incapable of doing anything other than watch it).

My "best of 2009" lists:

favorite albums of 2009
favorite novels of 2009
favorite nonfiction of 2009
favorite short story collections of 2009
favorite graphic novels of 2009
favorite music of 2009 (at Urban Outfitters)

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