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This Week in Culture

Your cheat sheet to the next seven days in the arts—highbrow and low (plus everything in between)

Each week, there’s an avalanche of upcoming albums, films, books, theater and art—from monumental new voices in culture to guilty pleasures worth indulging in. We’re here to help narrow down what deserves your attention. Our picks for the week of August 12th are below:

The Book

For anyone who’s already a fan of Raymond Carver’s brilliant short stories—and everyone should be—Stéphane Michaka’s Scissors is a biographical novel, focusing on Carver and those around him in the years just before he found success. Out Tuesday.

The Album

Ernest Green has been performing as Washed Out since back when he was making music in his bedroom. Now Paracosm—his second full-length album of exciting, ambient electronic-tinged music—is out to cement his place in the world outside. Out Tuesday.

The Movie

Ashton Kutcher’s Jobs has been as anticipated as a new iPhone launch, and this week the film, a look at the life of late Apple honcho Steve Jobs, finally hits theaters. Opens Friday.

The Exhibit

A collection of 45 of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn’s etchings, including self-portraits, nudes and Biblical scenes, are on display at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts to remind us that the Dutch master was more than just a painter. Open now.