Shorties (An Interview with Michelle Zauner, New Music from Eluvium, and more)

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Conan O’Brien interviewed Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner.

Stream two new Eluvium songs.

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Patterson Hood discussed the new Drive-By Truckers album with Smile Politely.

I had always planned on the follow-up to American Band being a bit of a detour. Although our band is political and there has always been a political aspect to everything we’ve done, our new album is more personal, and I wrote most of the songs as reactions to conversations I had with my kids during the Trump era.

Tom Comitta recommended novels that borrow, sample, and remix found texts at Electric Literature.

Michelle Dowd talked to Shondaland about her memoir Forager: Field Notes for Surviving a Family Cult.

SPIN profiled Norwegian folk singer Juni Habel.

Despite what her songs reveal, she claims she’s not a very emotional person. “I’m more rational and efficient, and not very much in touch with my emotions myself. Sometimes I find it hard to be vulnerable with other people. My songwriting is a place where I can open up…like that’s a more soft part of myself, actually.”

The Creative Independent interviewed director and screenwriter Emma Seligman.

I’ve always believed that film school is like a fast track to getting to where you want to be in your creative and professional pursuits. The most important thing you get out of film school, in my opinion, are the other students that you meet who are hungry to produce, direct, write, costume design, production design, and do cinematography on lower budget, short-form projects.

The Quietus shared an excerpt from John Robb’s new book The Art of Darkness: The History of Goth.

Write-Minded interviewed author Gish Jen.

Aquarium Drunkard shared a Japanese private press pop mixtape that spans the early 1970s to the early 1980s.

Japanese author Kenzaburo Oe has passed away.

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Erin Slaughter’s debut story collection, A Manual for How to Love Us.

Claire Jiménez discussed her novel What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez with Shondaland.

Vulture recommended sporror (spore + horror) books to read after watching The Last of Us’s first season.

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