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Arts Roundup: I Just Don’t Feel Like Ranting Edition

Good morning! Nothing has pissed me off today! (OK, one thing has: The Washington Post Style section seems to have resumed its coverage of the Salahis. Two articles so far this week! The one from yesterday—argh!—is about how the story won't go away.) So I'll skip the usual morning ramblings and move on to what I'm reading:

- Before the Washington Times said it will kill its Sunday edition, the paper announced the end of its Sunday comics page, ComicsDC and the Daily Cartoonist both note. Says a Daily Cartoonist commenter: "Having first scrapped the intentionally humorous part of their Sunday coverage, they’re now dropping the unintentionally funny stuff, too."

- D.C.-based lo-fi label Underwater Peoples is dropping its free winter compilation on Christmas Day. Check out the label's Sawyer Carter Jacobs making the announcement—from Vietnam:

- Regulators approved the Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger in the U.K., while the U.S. Department of Justice should finish its review of the proposal soon. (Meanwhile, opponents of the merger launched this Web site last week.)

- Lists! The year's biggest art auctions! Actual sales figures of albums on Pitchfork's Best of 2009 list! The most memorable critical dustups! (This last one via Roger Ebert's Twitter, which has become as essential as his wonderful blog.)

- On song covers.

- John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is missing. Hardly as bad as stealing the Auschwitz sign, but still...

- Venomous turkeys! Possibly related: Half of Sweden watches a Donald Duck special every Christmas Eve.

That's all! Have a good day! Follow me on Twitter!

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