Shorties (An Excerpt from Andrew Porter’s New Story Collection, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan on Creating Setlists, and more)

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Electric Literature shared a story from Andrew Porter’s new collection The Disappeared.

Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan discussed creating setlists with The Current.

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Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris and Margo Price covered Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.”

The Oxford American shared an excerpt from Matthew Vollmer’s memoir All of Us Together in the End.

Stereogum reconsidered R.E.M.’s Murmur album on its 40th anniversary.

The A.V. Club listed the band’s best songs.

Catherine Lacey recommended badly behaved biographies at the Guardian.

Bob Dylan covered the Grateful Dead’s “Truckin’.”

Book Riot listed the best graphic novels of all time.

The Creative Independent interviewed author Casey Gerald.

Stream a new Speedy Ortiz song.

Melissa Coss Aquino discussed her debut novel Carmen and Grace with Debutiful.

Paste profiled The Tallest Man on Earth’s Kristian Matsson.

The Kirkus podcast interviewed author Idra Novey.

Stream a new song by the National and Phoebe Bridgers.

Pitchfork interviewed the musical duo Everything But the Girl.

The Boston Globe interviewed author Morgan Talty.

Stream a new song by Crumb.

Eirinie Carson recommended essay collections on Black life and love at Electric Literature.

The Albany Times-Union interviewed John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

Ella Berman talked to Shondaland about her new novel Before We Were Innocent.

I think I definitely had some questions about consumption and the world’s consumption of true crime and what we’re looking for, and what that says about us. I think that writing this story helped me explore that a little bit.

Stream a new song by The Tallest Man on Earth.

The 2023-24 class of Cullman Fellows has been announced by the New York Public Library.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy contributors Amitava Kumar, Molly Crabapple, Caoilinn Hughes, and Lance Richardson.

The New York Times profiled singer-songwriter Caroline Rose.

The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Jinwoo Chong.

Stream a new song by Water from Your Eyes.

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Eirinie Carson’s memoir The Dead Are Gods.

Bandcamp Daily delved into the UK garage revival.

David Grann discussed his new book, The Wager, with the New York Times.

Stream a new song by PONY.

Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier discussed the band’s new album with Popmatters.

He discusses how Deerhoof, in the past, was always “a very mental or an emotional kind of band,” and that’s where all the effort went. “[We were] all trying to comprehend each other’s insane sounding songs — making sure that everybody’s voice [was] heard. The physical always felt just kind of automatic, but now I feel like the physical needs attention.”

Samia covered songs by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Porches

Aquarium Drunkard interviewed musician Eddie Chacon.

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