Shorties (An Excerpt from Daphne Kalotay’s New Story Collection, An Interview with Black Pumas’ Adrian Quesada, and more)

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Electric Literature shared a story from Daphne Kalotay’s new collection The Archivists.

Aquarium Drunkard interviewed Black Pumas’ Adrian Quesada.

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The Creative Independent interviewed artist, author, and musician Steven Warwick.

Vulture listed the best comedy books of the year so far.

Stream a new song by Superviolet.

The New York Times examined the influence of the Irish literary magazine The Stinging Fly.

The Stinging Fly has been something of a revelation in Irish literature. Founded in Dublin in 1997 by Declan Meade and Aoife Kavanagh as a receptacle for “all this great writing floating around,” as Meade said, it earned government support and has reached its 25th year as a launching pad for some of the country’s most promising, and in time, some of its best known, poets and novelists. As such, it has also become prime poaching ground for editors in other countries hungry for Irish talent.

Caroline Polachek discussed her new album with The Ringer.

Mai Nardone talked book and reading with Debutiful.

I loved Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. I read it at a formative time, right as I was making the transition from fantasy into literary fiction. It was also one of the first novels I read that was set in a non-English speaking community but written in English. I’m glad to have read it when I did, but it’s not a book that I would return to today. What was then mysterious and alluring about the writing now strikes me as evasive.

Stream a new song by Indigo De Souza.

Parade profiled Cheryl Strayed.

BrooklynVegan listed 2023’s great albums so far.

Clancy Martin discussed his new book with Fresh Air.

Clairo covered Vashti Bunyan’s “Winter Is Blue.”

Nicole Chung talked to Shondaland about her new memoir.

Vulture listed the best songs of the year so far.

Town & Country listed the year’s best books so far.

Stream a new Blue Bendy song.

Ling Ling Huang recommended books about the scam of wellness at

The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Tiffany Clarke Harrison.

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Sarah Bakewell’s new book Humanly Possible: Seven Hundred Years of Humanist Freethinking, Inquiry, and Hope.

Stream a new song by Jenny Owen Youngs.

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