Shorties (An Excerpt from Anne Berest’s Novel “The Postcard,” New Music by bar italia, and more)

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The Millions shared an excerpt from Anne Berest’s novel The Postcard.

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Rufus Wainwright and Andrew Bird covered Neil Young’s “Harvest.”

Paste recommended books to learn about food justice.

Pitchfork previewed summer’s most anticipated albums.

Electric Literature shared an excerpt from Jacqueline Vogtman’s story collection Girl Country.

Beverly Glenn-Copeland shared a song from her first album in over twenty years.

The Rumpus shared three flash fiction stories by Nathan Xie.

NPR Music interviewed composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

I work a lot with textural nuances and sounds that you might not think of as lyrical, and combine them with more traditional lyrical material. And often in my orchestral pieces, I’ll work with blocks of sounds that are created out of many different layers. It is, of course, very difficult to try to describe your own music in words, because the process doesn’t happen in words. But I think my music lives somewhere on the border of lyricism and sound structures.

Bustle recommended books to read during Asian American and Pacific Islander Month.

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Electric Literature recommended books about Asian American women exploring identity and sexuality.

The Front Bottoms reflected on the tenth anniversary of their album Talon of the Hawk at Paste.

The Quietus shared an excerpt from Andrew Lauder’s book Happy Trails: Charmed Life and High Times in the Record Business.

Stream a new song by Holy Wave.

The Creative Independent interviewed musician Zohra.

The reason I make music is to sublimate feelings and to filter all the bile and the chatter and the stuff that’s consumed us, at least in the last 10 years, with politics.

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Bandcamp Daily profiled singer-songwriter Greg Mendez.

PopMatters reconsidered Sonic Youth’s Confusion Is Sex debut album on its 40th anniversary.

NME profiled “the new artists reinvigorating NYC’s music scene.”

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