Shorties (An Interview with V. V. Ganeshananthan, Lisel Profiled, and more)

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The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author V. V. Ganeshananthan.

Bandcamp Daily profiled the musician Lisel.

“I have a new way of expressing myself,” Eliza Bagg, aka Lisel, says of her hybrid vocal instrument. “My voice becomes something that I still have that’s still coming from my impulses, but is conceptually larger than what I can just physically produce.” Using Auto-Tune and delay, Bagg transforms her voice into something otherworldly. The sound isn’t robotic or stilted—it’s a shimmering, expanded version of what’s already there.

eBook on sale for $2.99 today:

A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf

eBooks on sale for $4.99 today:

A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain
The Wonder Test by Michelle Richmond

Today’s eBook deals

February’s best eBook deals

NPR Music explored 50 years of Trinidad’s soca history.

Hip-hop isn’t the only cultural movement celebrating its golden anniversary this year; soca, the up-tempo, propulsive descendant of calypso created in Trinidad and embraced across the Caribbean diaspora, also celebrated its golden anniversary this year.

Anahid Nersessian discussed her book Keats’s Odes with Public Books.

I wanted Keats’s Odes to be an honest book, a book that had a clear sense of responsibility to a number of people, including but not limited to Keats, and a clear sense of fidelity to a number of situations. Keats’s Odes is about Keats and poetry, but it’s also a book about the aesthetics of personal disclosure.

Pitchfork, Bandcamp Daily, and Paste recommended the week’s best new albums.

Mai Nardone recommended short story collections from around the world at Electric Literature.

The Creative Independent interviewed poolblood’s Maryam Said.

I was like, “Oh, my god, one day I’m going to date the hottest rockstar” and then I realized I was stooping so low and was like “Why don’t I just become the dude?” There are so many guys that I have been so infatuated with because they’re musicians, and then at a certain point I thought, “Wait, just give me your guitar.” It was like that meme where the guy is enlightened and all his chakras light up at the same time. When I decided to become the musician of my dreams, I felt like I was reframing and reclaiming my own image.

The Guardian interviewed author Bonnie Garmus.

What led you to write a comedy about sexism and misogyny?

I think any time a writer wants to take on a difficult topic without sounding didactic, humour really helps. Sexism is demeaning, depressing, infuriating, boring, inefficient, stupid, revolting and completely unscientific – in other words, not funny. But people reveal both their strengths and weaknesses when they try to deal with it, or not deal with it, and therein lies the potential for humour.

Paste and SPIN interviewed the Raincoats’ Gina Burch.

Colin Winnette recommended novels that envision an alternate future at Electric Literature.

Comedian Atsuko Okatsuka talked music with Pitchfork.

Minorities in Publishing interviewed author Kashana Cauley.

Shannon Lay covered Elliott Smith’s “Angeles.”

The Guardian shared a new Margaret Atwood short story.

Stephanie Clifford recommended books on country music at the Wall Street Journal.

LitReactor interviewed author Steohen Graham Jones.

The Rumpus interviewed author Allegra Hyde.

Stream a new s0ng by softcult.

Stream a new song by Noble Rot.

Stream a new song by Yaeji.

Stream a new Superchunk song.

The Quietus recapped February’s best new albums and songs.

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