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July 7, 2013

Shorties (The Beat Authors' Favorite Drinks, Marc Maron Interviews Nick Cave, and more)

Beatdom shares the favorite drinks of Beat generation writers.

The WTF with Marc Maron podcast interviews Nick Cave.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Neil Gaiman about his new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

The Observer profiles author Renata Adler.

In person, she is warm and slightly kooky, her tone ironic and, as she has already pointed out, even. On the page, she is wise and clear and forensic. Nothing gets by her, whether she is writing about Nixon or Biafra or afternoon television (subjects which are all covered in Canaries in the Mineshaft, an envy-inducing collection of her journalism that came out in 2001). The same is true of her novels, now so handsomely published by New York Review Books Classics, for all that their style is at first so unexpected.

The Atlantic shares a "hater's guide" to Kanye West's new album Yeezus.

3:AM Magazine interviews Hari Kunzru about his new novel Memory Palace.

The New York Daily News profiles The Polyphonic Spree.

io9 points out two "pay what you want," DRM-free bundles of science fiction books.

Businessweek gathers media responses to the marketing of Jay-Z's new album and its early release to Samsung phone users.

More artists are experimenting with making apps that serve as albums, and personal data is likely a big part of the appeal. By the standards of data-collecting smartphone apps, Jay-Z isn't doing anything beyond the pale. And while people have shown some interest in expressing their displeasure with how their personal data is monetized by technology companies, few have been willing to do much about it.

Writers Sheila Heti and Miranda July discuss their friendship at the Observer.

Salon also interviews July.

State lists its albums of the year so far.

Vulture recommends books for beach reading this summer.

All Things Considered interviews Nathan Rabin about his new book, You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures with Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes.

On the significance of annual Insane Clown Posse gatherings

"For 360 days, being a Juggalo makes them an outcast and makes them reviled and makes them a pariah. But four or five days of the year, being a Juggalo makes them the king of the world and everybody loves them and Insane Clown Posse is the most popular group in the world. It's this alternate universe they can escape into from the dreariness and the mundanity of everyday life. I feel like that's something that Phish and Insane Clown Posse both offer is this possibility of transcendence that is very rare in our culture."

Flavorwire shares the stories of how famous bandmates first met.

Brain Pickings shares an excerpt of Walt Whitman reading his poem, "America."

Soundlab lists 2013's best albums so far.

Win Michelle Tea's new YA novel Mermaid in Chelsea Creek and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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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)
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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