The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. There goes our childhood: After 30 years and 200 million iterations, Sony is retiring the cassette Walkman. [via Mashable] 2. It was a busy weekend for Kanye. First he made a surprise appearance at Pitchfork’s #Offline Festival on Saturday night at Brooklyn Bowl, then he premiered his self-directed 34-minute long video for “Runaway.” 3. Word is that longtime supporter Jay-Z will be partnering with President Obama on his 2012 re-election campaign, news that seems a little premature if not all that surprising. [via NYP] 4. The Awl just launched a sister site aimed at women that’s called The Hairpin . We find that so much easier to say! [via NYT] 5. Alex Borstein, the writer and voice of Lois on Family Guy, has made a deal with FOX to “develop, write and executive produce two pilot scripts in which she might appear.” [via THR]

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