The Financial Times profiles author Philip Roth.
“For me, the passing of time has provided me with subjects I never had before. Subjects I can now look at from a historical perspective. Like the anti-communist era in America. I lived through that, I was a boy, I didn’t find a way to write about it until many years later. The same with the Vietnam war. I started to try to write the book that became American Pastoral back in the 1970s, when the war was just ending, but I couldn’t do it. It took another 20 years. I wouldn’t know what to write [about Iraq and Afghanistan, or 9/11]. It does take me 20 years to figure it out.”
Today’s updates to the master list include the Book Lady’s Blog’s women’s studies books, the Irish Times’ list, and several others.
The 2011 Bonnaroo downloads and streams page has been updated with videos of full sets by the Arcade Fire, Best Coast, Explosions in the Sky, Florence and the Machine, Grace Potter, Kylesa, and the School of Seven Bells.
The Passive Voice examines what J.K. Rowling’s choice to sell her Harry Potter ebooks independently will have on indie authors.
The Literateur interviews author Zadie Smith.
At Reverb, actor Tim Robbins shares a list of the 30 most played songs in his iTunes library.
Cool Tools lists the best magazine articles ever.
State lists its albums of the year so far.
also at Largehearted Boy:
previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week’s new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week’s new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week’s CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists