Shorties (An Interview with Claire Dederer, A New Lucinda Williams Essay, and more)

Daily book & music news & links

The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Claire Dederer.

The New Yorker shared an essay by Lucinda Williams.

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The Famished Road by Ben Okri

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A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume

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All Songs Considered, Bandcamp Daily, Pitchfork, BrooklynVegan, and Paste recommended the week’s best new albums.

Sarah Bakewell recommended books on humanism at the Wall Street Journal.

Stream a new song by Rob Moose.

Public Books interviewed author Joshua Cohen.

Esther Rose discussed her new album with Paste.

Rose’s songs are simple—“Chet Baker” switches between two chords before tumbling into a catchy melody—but only in the sense that she isn’t playing complex chords. Instead, she opts for composing basic arrangements in a way that goes against music theory. “I haven’t actually studied music and I don’t want to, because I like how it feels when I discover a chord progression,” she says. “You don’t need to have music theory to make a melody.”

Ramona Ausubel talked to Shondaland about her new novel.

Stream a new song by Sparks. recommended eco-fiction novels.

Director Lisa Cortés talked to Shondaland about her Little Richard documentary.

“Little Richard is a gift that keeps on giving,” says Lisa Cortés, director of the illuminating documentary Little Richard: I Am Everything. “Not only is he a transgressive figure, he’s affected fashion, music, and cultural norms. He is a catalyst that allows us to enjoy a freedom of being and expression. He helped to put that energy into play. You gotta thank someone who is so important.”

The Creative Independent interviewed creative novelist Josh Brayer.

Stream a new song by Florence and the Machine.

Write or Die Magazine interviewed author Sarah Gerard.

I always write about places when I’m not living in them anymore. It takes me so long to write something because it takes me a while to think about what these places meant to me at different stages of my life. My relationship with them evolves all the time. Life leads you places. Now, living in Denver, I can already see how it is infusing into my work –the West, the Wild West, all the different shades of colonialism and history that exist here for different peoples and across eras. I’ve been thinking about the railroad and trains.

Indigo De Souza discussed her new album with Weekend Edition.

The Guardian interviewed author Celeste Ng.

Paste profiled superviolet’s Steve Ciolek.

What sets Infinite Spring apart from anything Ciolek did with the Sidekicks is the depth of the arrangements. Because he didn’t build this record around a touring atmosphere, he was able to explore other avenues, like fingerpicking and soft vocal cues where a Sidekicks composition might call for a guitar riff and high-octaves.

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