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August 3, 2012

Shorties (A Short Story by Jesse Eisenberg, Stream Pickathon Performances, and more)

McSweeney's features a short story by actor Jesse Eisenberg.

The Pickathon music festival is streaming live performances all weekend, starting this afternoon.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the music of Bob Mould and his former bands Sugar and Husker Du.

Congratulations to Roy Kesey for winning the 2012 Paula Anderson Book Award with his novel Pacazo.

Singer-songwriter M. Ward puts his iPod on shuffle for the A.V. Club.

Publishers Weekly lists the top 10 most difficult books.

Columbus Alive interviews Wilco bassist John Stirratt.

The Columbia Journalism Review recommends literary websites.

Fresh Air interviews John W. Dower about his new book, Ways of Forgetting, Ways of Remembering: Japan in the Modern World.

The Alabama Shakes visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Flavorwire lists 11 meta-novels that will blow your mind.

Drowned in Sound interviews members of the band Liars.

Fresh Air interviews Caitlin Moran about her new book, How to Be a Woman.

On women who decide not to marry or have children

"The word 'barren' tells you everything you need to know. The word 'spinster' tells you everything you need to know about our attitude of women who choose not to marry. ... Imagine if you saw George Clooney on the cover of a magazine every week with: 'Is George broody? Is George gonna adopt a baby? When is George gonna have another kid?' It would just seem weird. We'd seem demented, yet it's totally valid for women."

USA Today reports that actor Stephen Colbert will host his own music festival.

The Current is streaming a live performance by Spiritualized.

Win six books (featured on this site's Book Notes series in the coming week) and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.

Also on sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: 25 albums from artists on tour this year.

Follow me on Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best 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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