Shorties (Interviews with Jenny Fran Davis, New Music by Akwaeke Emezi, and more)

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Jenny Fran Davis talked to Electric Literature, The Millions, and Debutiful about her novel Dykette.

Author Akwaeke Emezi has released a song.

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Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore is auctioning off two copies of 1964: Eyes of the Storm, Limited Deluxe Edition signed by Paul McCartney.

The Baffler shared new writing by Jessa Crispin.

NPR Music reviewed the 25th anniversary expanded edition of the Pernice Brothers’ Overcome By Happiness album.

Joe Pernice reflected on the album with Aquarium Drunkard.

Hernan Diaz talked books and reading with the New York Times.

Can a great book be badly written? What other criteria can overcome bad prose?

I’m not sure what a “great” book is — and so many of the books I love are, in every possible sense, small. But I know that literature is only realized in language. I don’t believe there can be a great yet somehow wordless idea or feeling hovering over a page of bad prose.

Stream a new song by Blur.

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Ana Castillo’s story collection Dona Cleanwell Leaves Home.

Opal Eskar covered the Beach Boys’ “All I Wanna Do.”

R.F. Kuang discussed her novel Yellowface with Shondaland, Salon, and Bustle.

Kurt Vile covered Charlie XCX’s “Constant repeat.” shared an excerpt from CJ Leede’s novel Maeve Fly.

Bandcamp Daily delved into Cranes’ discography.

While they toured early on with shoegaze legends Slowdive and have long been championed by the Cure’s Robert Smith—including his famed remix of their most well-known song, 1993’s “Jewel”—they don’t fit comfortably into any particular scene or style. Instead, thanks especially to a series of albums and EPs through the early to mid-’90s, they used rock music’s cover to create atmospheric, carefully structured songs that ranged from high-volume roar to haunting calm, anchored by Jim’s dramatic percussion and Alison’s sometimes subtly unnerving vocals.

Kirkus interviewed author Samantha Irby.

Stream a new song by King Krule.

Nicole Cuffy discussed her debut novel Dances with Shondaland.

I think the novel was conceived out of a space of me wanting to read a novel like this. I wanted to talk about Black women in art spaces, specifically ballet and the classical-neoclassical ballet world, and I didn’t really see any novels specifically touching on the subject. I thought the only way that I could explore it the way that I wanted to was to write it myself.

Stereogum interviewed members of the band Mandy, Indiana.

The Northwest Review interviewed author Jonathan Lethem.

Stream a new song by Jonny Greenwood and Dudu Tassa.

Words Without Borders shared an excerpt from Sabda Armandio’s novel 24 Hours with Gaspar.

Stream a new Who Is She? song.

Stream two new songs by Man On Man.

Stereogum profiled musician Gia Margaret.

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