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A few of my favorite things: Digital smarts, literature and a Lowest of the Low video

Here's a grab-bag post with a few of my favorite things.

* This piece about newspapers in the digital age offers insight on a subject that preoccupies me daily.   It's a Media Briefing interview with the Wall Street Journal's Raju Narisetti, who left the Washington Post not long ago to head the Journal's digital journalism efforts.

* On a literary note, the Chautauqua Institution today and tomorrow offers back-to-back author talks by Geraldine Brooks (today) and Tony Horwitz (Friday).   As noted in this Chautauquan Daily feature, Horwitz and Brooks, each with a Pulitzer Prize to their name, are husband and wife.  This afternoon, Brooks will read from and discuss her novel, "Caleb's Crossing." Horwitz will do the same Friday with his "Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War."  Both books are Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selections; two of Brooks' earlier books have been selected for that honor in previous years.  

* And, as a followup to my Wednesday post about the summer music scene, here's Buffalo News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers' fine review of last night's Lowest of the Low concert at Artpark -- and, below, an admittedly inexpert video shot on my phone of the Low performing one of their best-loved songs, "Rosy and Gray," complete with mildly naughty lyrics, at the same show.  The crowd sang along --  not altogether on key -- with every word, as you'll hear. Imagine a beautiful sunset over the Niagara Gorge, add beer, and you get the full picture.


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