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June 25, 2011

Shorties (Neko Case and Nick Cave Duet, Philip Roth, and more)

At KCRW, stream Neko Case and Nick Cave's cover of the Zombies' "She's Not There."

The Financial Times profiles author Philip Roth.

"For me, the passing of time has provided me with subjects I never had before. Subjects I can now look at from a historical perspective. Like the anti-communist era in America. I lived through that, I was a boy, I didn’t find a way to write about it until many years later. The same with the Vietnam war. I started to try to write the book that became American Pastoral back in the 1970s, when the war was just ending, but I couldn’t do it. It took another 20 years. I wouldn't know what to write [about Iraq and Afghanistan, or 9/11]. It does take me 20 years to figure it out."

I am aggregating online summer reading lists.

Today's updates to the master list include the Book Lady's Blog's women's studies books, the Irish Times' list, and several others.

The 2011 Bonnaroo downloads and streams page has been updated with videos of full sets by the Arcade Fire, Best Coast, Explosions in the Sky, Florence and the Machine, Grace Potter, Kylesa, and the School of Seven Bells.

The Passive Voice examines what J.K. Rowling's choice to sell her Harry Potter ebooks independently will have on indie authors.

Backbeat interviews Bill Callahan about his new album Apocalypse and the nature of collaboration.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviews singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler about books.

Centro-matic frontman Will Johnson talks to All Things Considered about the band's new album, Candidate Waltz.

The Literateur interviews author Zadie Smith.

At Reverb, actor Tim Robbins shares a list of the 30 most played songs in his iTunes library.

The Boston Globe interviews singer-songwriter and actress Marianne Faithfull.

Mashable profiles the collaborative album review site, calling it a "Yelp for music."

Marketplace interviews Alina Simone about her music and new essay collection, You Must Go and Win.

Cool Tools lists the best magazine articles ever.

At Vulture, Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis shares his ideal 154-track summer playlist.

State lists its albums of the year so far.

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 (news and links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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