Shorties (An Interview with Victor LaValle, New Music by Bully, and more)

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The Maris Review interviewed author Victor LaValle.

Stream a new song by Bully.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Benediction by Kent Haruf
French Exit by Patrick deWitt
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

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The Seep by Chana Porter

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World Cafe examined the impact of Massive Attack’s 1998 Mezzanine album.

The album caught the pop culture wave, and it was Massive Attack’s biggest record. In this session, John discusses what made Mezzanine so special, all of the influences the group pulled together to create it, and the story behind their iconic collaboration with Cocteau Twins‘ Elizabeth Fraser, “Teardrop.”

The Christian Science Monitor listed April’s best books.

Beabadoobee has shared a new version of “Glue Song” that features Clairo.

Public Books interviewed author Javier Zamora.

Talking from a literary perspective, the lens of a kid is brilliant because kids absorb everything but they don’t have judgment yet.

The Creative Independent interviewed composer and musician Sokio.

I often find it difficult to describe myself. I’m a 50-year-old musician, composer, and cultural promoter. As an artist, I try to do what I think I need to be doing at the moment. For example, I never push myself to be composing all the time. My first three operas were a plan. I said I’m going to compose three operas. After that, I move into something else. I think my interests shift, but always in a constrained universe of things.

The BBC listed the year’s best books so far.

Kirkus interviewed author Tananarive Due.

Musicians explained how weed influences their music at Pitchfork.

CLMP recommended books to read on Earth Day.

The Quietus, one of my favorite music websites, needs new subscribers to survive.

Granta interviewed author Margo Jefferson.

John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone recording studio was broken into and robbed. Help out if you can.

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

Stream a new song by Das Koolies.

Brittle Paper shared books from Sierra Leone.

Stream a new song by Upper Wilds.

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