August 3, 2012
McSweeney's features a short story by actor Jesse Eisenberg.
The Pickathon music festival is streaming live performances all weekend, starting this afternoon.
Publishers Weekly lists the top 10 most difficult books.
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.
Flavorwire lists 11 meta-novels that will blow your mind.
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.
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.
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