Links we love today: Cage covers LMFAO, the science of crime writing, unexpected art and more
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Musician must-read: Lifehacker’s guide to self-releasing music online.
Slate rounds up the best long-form writing on Saturday Night Live.
Spend some time with Sasha Frere-Jones’ discussion of Lana Del Rey and the Internet:
The weirder strain of criticism concerns authenticity. People seem to feel that Del Rey is trying to trick us, though it’s impossible to figure out exactly what that trick would be, as we are dealing with an entertainer and her audience, not a naturally fractious relationship… Surely no equivalent male star would be subject to the same level of examination.
Next, let Maria Bustillos and David Roth catch you up on the Caitlin Flanagan “controversy”:
[H]er last book, To Hell With All That, caused such a ruckus over what was widely perceived as the author’s throwback and essentialist anti-feminist ideology. So not content to get people in a stir with Atlantic Monthly and New Yorker appearances, she’s written a new one, Girl Land. Even the cover of which is pretty provoking.
Another oft-debated lady writer, Katie Roiphe, defends John Updike’s reputation.
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NPR launches Newspoet, a daily news round up written in verse.
In this week’s New Yorker, Adam Gopnik’s “The Caging of America” explores the passage of time and the prison industry: