Shorties (An Interview with Eileen Myles, Johnny Marr’s Guitar Book, and more)

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Eileen Myles discussed her new poetry collection, a “Working Life”, with Cultured.

Before the events of 2020 … Part of the thing about writing poems over time is that it starts to be a part of your rhythm. Every three or four years, there’s an accumulation, and it feels like a book. Sometimes poems resemble ones I’ve written before, but the person who’s writing them feels like somebody different. This book feels nakedly different to me. The title was kind of a joke I had with myself, which I think poetry often is. I was putting all of my new poems in a file holder, and at some point I wrote “a ‘Working Life’” on the outside. I was thinking, This is not a working model, it’s a working life.

Johnny Marr is publishing a book about his guitars, Marr’s Guitars, in October.

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Paste profiled singer-songwriter Indigo De Souza.

The pastiche of All of This Will End—and the explorations of different sonic worlds in a very close, compact environment—is a translation of De Souza’s emotionally nonlinear brain during the songwriting process. “I do feel very intense or, sometimes, I feel soft. Sometimes I feel like jumping around and dancing; sometimes I feel really sad about existing and heavy,” she says. “And all of these things—all of these emotions—align with the way I write songs. I just write from whatever space I’m in and genres end up naturally aligning with my emotions.”

BuzzFeed recommended the week’s best new books.

Omnium Gatherum shared a death metal cover of Flashdance’s “Maniac.”

Julia Lee discussed her memoir Biting the Hand: Growing Up Asian in Black and White America with Morning Edition.

Lebanese singer-songwriter Mayssa Jallad discussed her new album with Bandcamp Daily.

Both historically and on the album, the divisions in the city are embodied by two groups: The “reds” and the “blues.” As Jallad explains, “The reds are the left. They were against the blues, who were the Christian militias who believed that the Palestinian cause was not theirs. My lyrics explain a lot of the dynamic, and the way I sing describes the tensions. In the lyrics, I become the buildings. So I sing: ‘A red hides in my body/ He climbs my spine/ He breathes heavily down my lungs/ He reaches my head/ Looks through my eyes,’ [which is] an allusion to the Burj El Morr building.”

Lydia Davis will not sell her new story collection on Amazon.

“I am all the more pleased, now, that Canongate, with its long history of independence and its high standards, will be publishing Our Strangers and doing so in a way that puts my book on the shelves of booksellers who are so much more likely to care about it.”

Stream a new song by La Femme.

Rebecca Fogg recommended medical memoirs written by patients at the Guardian.

Billboard interviewed Fever Ray’s Karin Dreijer.

The New Statesman listed the year’s best books so far.

Stream a new Mega Bog song.

Jeremy Holt and Axel Alonso talked to The Beat about their graphic novel adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

Daniel Ash discussed the Love and Rockets reunion with BrooklynVegan.

Katy Simpson Smith talked to Shondaland about her novel The Weeds.

Stream a new song by cumgirl8.

Jacqueline Crooks recommended books about women fighting for survival at Electric Literature.

Aquarium Drunkard interviewed jazz keyboardist Surya Botofasina.

Barbara Browning discussed her book, The Miniaturists, with the Village Voice.

Stream a new song by CMAT.

Kevin Young interviewed poet Robin Coste Lewis at the New Yorker.

Stream a new song by Julie Christmas.

The finalists for the New York Public Library’s 2023 Young Lions fiction award have been announced.

Stream a new Tanlines song.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn shared a reading list of books about cities and the imagination.

The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Matthew Zapruder.

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