October 27, 2011
Kuntz: It's a very postliterate world. There's data and there's snippets of text, but no one reads or writes. Books have been either banned or abandoned.
Shteyngart: They haven't been banned. Oh no, they've just been abandoned. The 20th-century nightmare scenario where books were burned has been replaced by the 21st-century scenario, where nobody really cares enough to burn them. Literature is no longer considered a threat. Literature's no longer considered to be something that can change the world, that can change the opinions of anyone, except for a very small group of intellectuals.
Spinner lists the 21 most surprisingly creepy music videos in rock and roll history.
The Huffington Post recommends scary good indie books for Halloween.
WEEKEND shares a streaming (on Spotify) Halloween mixtape.
The Rumpus interviews Laura Miller about literary criticism and writing nonfiction.
On sale for $1.99 at Amazon MP3: Jens Lekman's latest EP An Argument with Myself.
USA Today notes the rise of profanity in book titles.
BBC News examines the story behind the illustrations of The Joy of Sex.
In celebration of its eleventh anniversary, Drowned in Sound is listing its top albums of 2000.
Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.
also at Largehearted Boy:
previous Shorties posts (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