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Rachel Cusk talked to the New Yorker about her story in this week’s issue.

Mark Arm discussed Mudhoney’s discography with Bandcamp Daily.

Louder ranked the bands albums.

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Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith
Father of the Rain by Lily King
Little Birds by Anaïs Nin
The Poet’s House by Jean Thompson
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

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NPR Music remembered pianist Ahmad Jamal.

Curtis Sittenfeld discussed her new novel at Bustle.

Through all of Sittenfeld’s SNL research, she kept returning to the same question at the heart of Romantic Comedy. “[I started writing] thinking, ‘Who wouldn’t want to be married to a comedian? Because the part that actually isn’t mysterious to me is why all these gorgeous, super successful women want to be married to funny men,” she says. “But why does it seem like gorgeous, super successful men don’t especially want to be married to funny women?”

PopMatters profiled singer-songwriter Pieta Brown.

First and foremost, Pieta remains a songwriter, a musician enamored of a verse, a line, a pure flash of writing, and the gnawing stick-to-it-itiveness of revision; indeed, most of her albums retain the rugged charm of hopeful demos, recorded without overdubbed vocals or endlessly re-sung tries. “I’m revising as the song grows and forms and as I’m working out the kinks as I sing it. How a word might land or stay in or stay out, that’s actually because of the singing of it.” 

Katy Simpson Smith recommended novels overgrown with plants at Electric Literature.

David Grann discussed his new book with Morning Edition.

There is information and disinformation. There’s even allegations of fake news. And there’s also war over who would get to tell the history and efforts by those in power to cover up the scandalous truth and the sins of the nation’s past. And so I had for me the story that took place in the 18th century. It felt like a parable for our own turbulent modern times.

Feist talked to SPIN about her new album.

Songs are luckily my own medicine. I can understand and respect the role that music can play for people because I’ve medicated myself through many a dark moment, I’m trying to say, with Philip Glass Saxophone Quartet…

Julia Carey shared two FAFSA erasure poems at Electric Literature.

Stream a new song by Life in Vacuum.

Ling Ling Huang talked to Shondaland about her novel Natural Beauty.

Stream a new song by the Front Bottoms.

First Draft interviewed author Cathleen Schine.

The Fruit Bats shared two cover songs at Aquarium Drunkard.

Molly Ringwald discussed translating literature with Shondaland.

“I think my French just improves exponentially with every translation that I do. Like anything, the more you do it, the better you get,” she says. “I realize that I think it’s something that I like, even though it’s challenging. I sort of liken it to puzzles. I like the idea of being able to focus on something for an extended period of time and the gratification that I feel when something makes sense, or when I’m able to figure it out and put it into our language.”

Stream two new songs by Eluvium.

Keen On interviewed author Margo Jefferson.

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