Shorties (Edan Lepucki on Her Forthcoming Novel, New Music from Madeline Kenney, and more)

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Edan Lepucki discussed her forthcoming novel Time’s Mouth with the Los Angeles Times.

“I want there to be sex in my books. I want there to be periods and childbirth and feeling bad. There’s a lot of vomiting,” she says, laughing. “I feel like in a lot of contemporary fiction, the characters are not in their bodies in the way that I think in life we are.”

Stream a new song by Madeline Kenney.

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Julia Argy discussed her debut novel The One with The Millions.

Pitchfork interviewed musicians Laurie Anderson and Kim Gordon.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah talked books and reading with the New York Times.

What moves you most in a work of literature?

I am moved by characters trying. By that struggle for goodness in systems that try to squeeze it out of them. I’m moved by authors trying ambitiously for something that may seem just beyond them but in the trying they somehow do something greater, maybe, than they ever could have anticipated. I’m moved by vulnerability and a willingness to transcend cynicism.

The Ophelias covered the Nerves’ “Hanging on the Telephone.”

Stream two new songs by the Drums.

The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Dave Eggers.

PopMatters reconsidered Aimee Mann’s debut solo album Whatever on its 30th anniversary.

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

Stream a new song by Natural Wonder Beauty Concept.

View the illustrations from The Folio Society edition of Stephen King’s novel Pet Sematary.

David Byrne and St. Vincent covered Stevie Wonder’s “Chemical Love”

The Los Angeles Times recommended summer reading.

Stream a new song by the Pretenders.

Hanna Halperin recommended novels with characters who long to be transformed by love or sex at Electric Literature.

Stream a new song by Big Bliss.

Tembe Denton-Hurst talked to Shondaland about her brilliant debut novel Homebodies.

It was really important for me to focus on Black women’s interiority because so often I don’t get to read novels that are really, really rooted deeply in a Black woman’s interiority — her thoughts, her feelings, and the mental weight of being in these [corporate] environments. Homebodies is really about exploring Mickey’s life and examining the risks of speaking truth to power — the personal risks, not just the professional ramifications but all of the stories we tell ourselves and all of the reasons why we choose to speak up or not speak up.

Stream a new song by Mandy, Indiana.

PEN America interviewed author Marlon James.

Sugar Horse shared a “doomgaze” cover of Tears for Fears’ “Head Over Heals.”

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