Shorties (Hanna Halperin on How She Wrote Her New Novel, A Profile of Singer-Songwriter Rachel Baiman, and more)

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Hanna Halperin shared how she wrote her novel I Could Live Here Forever at Shondaland.

My scene-by-scene approach to writing the novel felt similar to being in a chaotic relationship.

Bandcamp Daily profiled singer-songwriter Rachel Baiman.

“I want to say things that can be political, but I want to do so in a way that’s focused around the songwriting and my own personal experiences,” says Baiman. “That’s the magic of being an artist and not a politician. I don’t want to tell people what to think. I want to open them up to an experience for them to understand how things are working for somebody else. Oftentimes that means people who’ve already had a similar experience can relate and those who haven’t can begin that process of understanding and empathy.”

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Paste profiled singer-songwriter Fenne Lily.

I keep returning to the bell jar on the album’s cover, which then vaults me into thinking about Sylvia Plath, whose writing is often marked by self-revelation and self-evaluation. Conversely, Big Picture doesn’t tap into that methodology. Instead, Lily is moved more so by the work of Richard Brautigan and his whimsical, fantastical approach to the mundanity of an Average Joe lifestyle.

UPROXX also interviewed Lily.

Charles Frazier talked books and reading with the New York Times.

Stream a new song from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

Granta named the best young British novelists.

Stream a new song by guitarist Hayden Pedigo.

Salon interviewed Maggie Smith about her new memoir.

Stream a new King Krule song.

Rachel Heng talked to Electric Literature about her new novel The Great Reclamation.

I had been interested in writing about the massive land reclamation project that reshaped the eastern coast of Singapore for many years, and started researching it properly in 2017. The making of land from sea seemed like the perfect metaphor for so much of Singaporean identity and culture to me; a kind of literal nation building that is incredible, ambitious, but also in a way, violent. 

Paste interviewed Natalie Merchant.

Monica Brashears talked to Shondaland about her debut novel, House of Cotton.

Some stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason. They pop up in our everyday lives, and there are often cultural and historical reasons for these things. The love/hate relationship that you mentioned is so true because it’s like, how can a place that is so gorgeous and can feel so community oriented at times also disregard me and my loved ones as people? So, it’s a love song, but it’s also a breakup song in a way.

Stream two new Nation of Language songs.

The New York Times recommended the week’s best new books.

Stream a song from Bob Dylan’s forthcoming live album and concert film.

The Rumpus interviewed poet Leila Chatti.

Stream a new Pissed Jeans song.

Stream a new song by the Dead Milkmen.

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