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June 13, 2013

Shorties (2013's Songs of Summer, Michael Chabon on Children's Books, and more)

Stereogum shortlists this year's songs of the summer.

Michael Chabon talks about children's books with Haaretz.

Bookworm interviews Marisa Silver about her novel, Mary Coin.

The A.V. Club suggests entry points into Superman comics.

All Things Considered interviews Matt Berninger of the National about the band's new album, Trouble Will Find Me.

Your lyrics are very emotional and, on this particular album, speak very directly. It doesn't feel like there's a lot buried in all kinds of metaphors.

"Yeah, I used to hide behind a lot of clever, colorful metaphors. There's colorful stuff on this one, too, but this one is more direct, I think, and is more emotionally naked and a little raw, and I don't know how that happened. Writing the lyrics, I was no longer really worried about the image of our band or what people will describe our band as because of this song or that. I mean, we've been described in the past as, you know, 'sad sack' or 'melodramatic,' and I absolutely understand. And I ..."

PS Magazine reports that reading a short story helps with "cognitive closure."

A trio of University of Toronto scholars, led by psychologist Maja Djikic, report that people who have just read a short story have less need for what psychologists call "cognitive closure." Compared with peers who have just read an essay, they expressed more comfort with disorder and uncertainty—attitudes that allow for both sophisticated thinking and greater creativity.

Kanye Wes is a Tumblr that mashes up Kanye West and Wes Anderson.

Flavorwire lists literary restaurants around the world.

The Replacements have announced three reunion shows this summer.

The Atlantic Wire recommend summer reading.

President Obama's chairman of the Council of Economic Affairs discussed "rock and roll economics" in a recent speech.

"The music industry is a microcosm of what is happening in the U.S. economy at large. We are increasingly becoming a "winner-take-all economy," a phenomenon that the music industry has long experienced. Over recent decades, technological change, globalization and an erosion of the institutions and practices that support shared prosperity in the U.S. have put the middle class under increasing stress. The lucky and the talented – and it is often hard to tell the difference – have been doing better and better, while the vast majority has struggled to keep up."

Beatdom previews books that highlight Beat culture that will be published this summer.

Stream a new song by They Might Be Giants, "Call Connected by the NSA."

Biographile lists six biographies and memoirs of authors that are great explorations of father-son and father-daughter relationships.

Win Elliott Holt's debut novel You Are One of Them and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
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Amazon MP3 offers over 55,000 free and legal mp3s.

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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)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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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