Shorties (Three Interviews with Samantha Irby, New Music by ANOHNI and the Johnsons, and more)

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Samantha Irby discussed her new essay collection, Quietly Hostile, with Fresh Air.

Irby refers to her memoir as a survival guide, of sorts: “I have some tools and tricks that if people want to adopt, it’ll get them from point A to point B, because that’s essentially what I’m doing,” she says. “I don’t have any long-term goals. I don’t make any plans. I just am trying to find a way to get to whatever is happening after this.”

Shondaland and the OTHERPPL podcast also interviewed Irby.

Stream a new song by ANOHNI and the Johnsons.

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Vulture previewed summer’s must-hear albums.

Book Riot and Literary Hub recommended the week’s best new books.

Stream a new song by Spoon.

R.F. Kuang discussed cultural appropriation with NPR Books.

I think it’s hilarious that all of our assumptions about who gets to do cultural appropriation, or when something counts as cultural appropriation, kind of go away when you invert who is of what identity. shared soundtracks for several fantasy novels.

Emmanuel Iduma talked to Electric Literature about his new memoir I Am Still with You.

While I researched the book, almost everyone I spoke with recalled a mere handful of details about my uncle. In that sense memory was a blind docent. And yet, a docent it was, leading me to a greater understanding of my family’s past.

Weyes Blood covered the jazz standard “When You’re Smiling.”

Ada Zhang discussed her story collection, The Sorrows of Others’ Ruminates on Love, Loss, with Shondaland.

…there’s lots of lonely people in this collection. Again, I think it’s just part of living. We have to learn to live with loneliness, and one of the rude awakenings of becoming an adult is that you have to cheer yourself up and love yourself and be your own company. But also, there’s so much richness and wonder to be had among other people, and seeking that out is also what life is about — finding a community, finding friendship, finding connections. I think my characters struggle with that a lot.

PopMatters interviewed the Black Watch’s John Andrew Fredrick.

It’s no surprise that Fredrick would want to talk about literature, given that he holds a Ph.D. in English and has written a few books, along with his 20-plus albums. Critics feel compelled to call his music “literate”, although he laughs that it’s “because I make tongue-in-cheek allusions to Wallace Stevens”.

The Creative Independent interviewed author Mary H.K. Choi.

Stream a new song by Chris Farren.

Breanne Mc Ivor recommended books that showcase the different faces of Trinidad and Tobago at Electric Literature.

Liz Phair is launching an Exile in Guyville 30th anniversary tour.

The Kirkus podcast interviewed author Katherine Heiny.

Stream a new song by Maple Glider.

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from María Fernanda Ampuero’s story collection Human Sacrifices.

Jon McKiel shared two cover songs at Aquarium Drunkard.

Full Stop interviewed poet Chaun Webster.

Stream a new song by Brigid Mae Power.

I wrote a little about organizing bookshelves at the Largehearted Boy newsletter.

Stream a new sing by Being Dead.

Stream a new song by Laura Groves.

Stream a new song by Lande Hekt.

Stream a new song by Greg Mendez.

Stream a new song by Pardoner.

Stream a new song by Mega Bog.

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