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July 3, 2010

Shorties (The Future of Chillwave, Stephen King, and more)

The Quietus examines the future of chillwave.

Stephen King talks to Fresh Air about his book, On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best pianos in literature.

Paste lists 10 July albums worth checking out.

Financial Times asks a variety of public figures (including writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Alan Greenspan) what they are reading and listening to this summer.

The Los Angeles Times recommends audiobooks for summer reading.

Actor Elijah Wood talks music with Paste.

Paste: So, what music are you listening to right now?

Wood: I haven't fallen in love with and listened to a record from front to back like I have with the Black Keys record. I just got this record by a band called Tame Impala, called Inner Speaker. It's heavily influenced by late-'60s, early-'70s psychedelia. They’re from Perth, Australia, and the lead singer often times really reminds me of George Harrison. So it has this sense of…if the Beatles had done really intense, late-'60s psychedelic rock. There was a great compilation that came out a couple of years ago called The Roots of Chicha, which was a really incredible compilation of Peruvian psychedelic cumbia music. I fell in love with cumbia as a result of it. I had never heard of that style of music before. So just recently, I looked online for another compilation, just to see if I could satisfy my cumbia needs.

Flavorwire lists the 20th century's most reclusive authors.

The Telegraph reviews David Mitchell's new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

The virtuoso opening chapter of David Mitchell’s new novel, along with its title, suggest that British fiction’s most Booker-nominated postmodernist has turned his formidable talent for pastiche to magic realism.

The Toronto Star also reviews the book.

SheWired shares its all favorite summer song playlist.

Flavorwire shares a patriotic mixtape of 50 songs for 50 states.

Minus the Bear visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

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