Shorties (Cecile Pin’s Recommended Novels Narrated by Ghosts, Remembering Ryuichi Sakamoto, and more)

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Cecile Pin recommended novels narrated by ghosts at Electric Literature.

NPR Music remembered composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.

The Japanese composer had an exceptionally wide-ranging career: he was by turns a synth-pop idol, the composer of both sweeping film scores and quiet, gentle sound environments, and a collaborator of such artists as David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Bernardo Bertolucci.

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Chaos by James Gleick

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Collected Essays: Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, and After Henry by Joan Didion

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Stereogum reconsidered Exploding Hearts’ Guitar Romantic album on its 20th anniversary.

BuzzFeed recommended recently published poetry collections.

Stream a new song by Clairo.

Cover Me listed the best covers of Tom Waits songs.

Kelly Link discussed her new story collection with Shondaland.

You’re absolutely correct that when I write short stories, one of my models is often fairy tales. The other model is ghost stories. Those are both modes of storytelling pretty grounded in the oral traditions, and I find them very generative. They feel like the heart of storytelling.

Stream a new song by Le Pain.

Ergot. shared new fiction by David Leo Price.

The Irish Times interviewed Feist.

Variety profiled Judy Blume.

Stream a new song by Sondre Lerche.

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

Midtown covered Pavement’s “Cut Your Hair.”

Craig Finn talked to Tidal about the new Hold Steady album.

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