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July 24, 2011

Shorties (Amy Winehouse, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and more)

RIP, Amy Winehouse.

Network Awesome Magazine continues its series on the women of punk.

The Guardian reports that Alexander Solzhenitsyn's last collection of short stories will finally be published in English.

The English translation is to be published this autumn by Canongate in the UK and Counterpoint in the US. Francis Bickmore, Canongate's senior editor, described it as a "really significant discovery" from a master of prose, who was also the most eloquent and acclaimed opponent of totalitarianism of the 20th century.

The list of 2011 online summer reading lists has been updated with Weekend Edition's recommendations for high country adventurers, UC Berkeley's social media-centric list, and more.

The Twin Cities Planet lists U2 song titles (if U2 had been from Minnesota).

Geoff Dyer has a new weekly column at the New York Times Book Review.

Crawdaddy! lists the best songs of 2011 so far.

At the Louisville Courier-Journal Dean Bakopoulos, author of My American Unhappiness, lists his influences.

WXPN is streaming live music performances today from Philadelphia's XPoNential Festival.

Author Jesus Angel Garcia is keeping a book tour diary at The Outlet.

Bibliobitch reviews Vanessa Veselka's excellent debut novel Zazen.

While Della may be hard to crack, the narrative she anchors is recognizable in a way that's off-putting, since it doesn't feel very good to recognize oneself in a world so jumbled and seemingly purposeless. It's also often very funny, though I found myself reading passages aloud to whoever was in the room and then stopping and rereading in my head to figure out why I laughed. I will say this: if you're a white, vegan, yoga-practicing feminist with tattoos and you live on Alberta Street or in the Mission or Williamsburg or wherever and you're really sensitive about that and unwilling to think about what it means to be all of those things, then for goodness' sake, do not read this book. But if you're a white, vegan, yoga-practicing feminist etc. who also believes there are many things really wrong in the world and you're often unsure of the best course of action to right those wrongs, Zazen will be a puzzling and compelling read.

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