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November 19, 2010

Shorties (Jenny and Johnny, Charles Burns, and more)

Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice talk to Drowned in Sound about their collaboration as the duet Jenny and Johnny.

The Los Angeles Times reviews Charles Burns' new graphic novel, X'ed Out.

The A.V. Club interviews Burns about the book.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included three lists of School Library Journal's best children's books, Esquire's best books you probably didn't read, and much more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Pitchfork's best grime, dubstep, and road rap albums and more.

Lonely Planet lists the world's greatest bookshops.

CHARTattack lists 15 songs about badass female protagonists.

The Los Angeles Times interviews singer-songwriter Richard Thompson.

On sale at Amazon MP3: The Arcade Fire's Neon Bible album for $3.99.

The National Review wonders why there are so few modern conservative novelists.

Uploading My Music offers a "big list of sites for musicians to upload their music to."

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn describes the band's appeal to the Toledo Blade.

"I think a lot of our crowd or audience can see themselves in us," Finn said "We don't look like Steven Tyler or something like that. We look like normal people. We are normal people. I mean I'm someone who turned 30 working in an office."

Ryan Adams shares a track from his forthcoming archival double-LP, III / IV (out December 14th).

On the Bro'd, "every sentence of Kerouac's On the Road, retold for bros."

On sale at Amazon MP3: Killers frontman Brandon Flowers' solo album Flamingo for $3.99.

All Songs Considered is taking nominations for its best albums of 2010 poll.

The Christian Science Monitor interviews Erin Blakemore about her new book, The Heroine’s Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder.

True Panther released Finally Champions - A San Francisco Victory Mix digital compilation album of new and unreleased songs by Bay Area bands for only $1. Proceeds go to the SF Coalition for the Homeless.

Victor LaValle talks to the Chicago Tribune about winning the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

Impact 89FM interviews Amanda Randall Meath of Mountain Man.

The Telegraph lists the 25 best children's books of all time.

Day & Night lists the best of recent Irish music downloads.

Win the new Pink Martini Christmas album Joy to the World (along with several other holiday CDs (or a $25 Amazon gift certificate) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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