Shorties (An Interview with Jai Chakrabarti, Fever Ray’s Karin Dreijer on bell hooks, and more)

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The Millions interviewed author Jai Chakrabarti.

Pitchfork interviewed Fever Ray’s Karin Dreijer.

I have been reading so much. bell hooks’ All About Love was written over 20 years ago, but a lot of what she wrote is still so radical. She was worried there’s a whole generation that will be too scared to love, that people today are not open to being in that vulnerable state. To be able to be in a romantic relationship, you have to know a lot about yourself. You have to know about your own needs and what you need to feel loved and safe within a relationship. You have to have a radical acceptance of yourself to be able to be in love.

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NPR examined how Senegalese activists are utilizing music and art to fight for climate change.

The Los Angeles Times previewed March’s best books.

Cover Me recapped February’s best cover songs.

Book Riot and Literary Hub recommended the week’s best new books.

Stream a new song by Water From Your Eyes.

Ciera Horton McElroy recommended Southern Gothic novels by women writers at Electric Literature.

The Creative Independent interviewed singer-songwriter Kaïa Kater.

Can you talk about what connection feels like for you when it comes to being in conversation with your audience?

It’s such a delicate balance of not cleaving to the audience—not distilling what you feel so that it’s more comprehensible, but trying to have something that creates some sort of tether between you.

The Kirkus podcast interviewed author Asale Angel-Ajani.

Stream a new song by Sharp Pins (the solo project of Lifeguard guitarist Kai Slater).

Fast Company examined Barnes & Noble’s surprising recent growth.

Daunt has applied the lessons he’s learned over three decades as an indie bookseller to these corporate bookstore giants. He empowers booksellers at each location to curate books based on their own quirky, idiosyncratic tastes. It’s a strategy that leads to more engaged workers and more interesting stores, Daunt says.

Stream a new song by Hayden.

The National Book Foundation Teacher Fellowship has been announced.

Stream a new song by Youth Lagoon.

Stereogum interviewed singer-songwriter Shalom Obisie-Orlu.

Ling Ma talked short story writing with I’m a Writer But.

Stream a new song by Daisies.

Heinz Insu Fenkl talked to Literary Hub about his novel Skull Water.

Stream a new song by Lomelda.

The Millions interviewed author Paul Harding.

Lael Neale shared a new song.

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