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July 5, 2013

Shorties (The Best Books of 2013 So Far, The Best Daft Punk Songs, and more)

The A.V. Club lists the best books of 2013 so far.

Flavorwire lists the best fiction and nonfiction books of the year so far.

Stereogum lists the 10 best Daft Punk songs.

Flavorwire lists the 25 best albums of the year so far.

The Paris Review attends the University of North Carolina's Jane Austen Summer Program, also known as "Jane Austen summer camp."

Stereogum reconsiders U2's Zooropa album 20 years after its release.

The Guardian Books Blog solicits survival strategies from independent booksellers.

Rolling Stone interviews Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth about their marriage, the Talking Heads, and Tom Tom Club.

Pacific Standard gathers research that shows a lifetime of reading slows cognitive decline.

Guardian Music Blog readers recommend songs about capital punishment.

Goodreads interviewed Curtis Sittenfeld about her new novel, Sisterland.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the discography of the hip-hop collective Native Tongues.

Win Tim Federle's new book of literary cocktails, Tequila Mockingbird, and a dozen Lick'r Lollies lollipops from Spirited in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, 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)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
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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