Shorties (A Story from Xu Zechen’s New Collection, Ron & Russell Mael on the New Sparks Album, and more)

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Electric Literature shared a story from Xu Zechen’s collection Beijing Sprawl.

Ron and Russell Mael discussed the new Sparks album with Salon.

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

Kwame Alexander talked to Shondaland about his memoir Why Fathers Cry at Night.

Before you knew it, I realized that I was writing not just about love, but about my relationship to love, my understanding of it, my remembrances of the early inspiration and influences of how I would eventually learn to love. And my editor said, “It looks like you’re writing a memoir.” And I said, “Oh, well, I guess I am.” But that didn’t come until maybe 75 percent of the book was done. It was a cool thing to realize and then go back and try to shape.

Stream a new song by Stolen Jars.

The Christian Science Monitor recapped May’s best books.

Chris discussed the new Christine and the Queens album with Vulture.

It’s more than an album for me, it is a distillation of the choices I was making in my life. I’ve been shifting my energy toward music as a way to question the deeper questions.

Gabrielle Zevin discussed the success of her novel Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow with the New York Times.

Chris Stamey covered Alex Chilton’s “She Might Look My Way.”

Vulture recommended books to read if you miss Yellowjackets.

Folk legend Shirley Collins discussed some of her music with The Quietus.

Shondaland previewed summer’s best books.

Tegan and Sara covered Dave Edmunds’ “Girls Talk.”

The San Antonio Express News reported from the Larry McMurtry estate auction.

The Creative Independent interviewed visual artist and musician Nathan Russell.

Gina Apostol discussed her new novel La Tercera with Electric Literature.

Gordi covered Violent Soho’s “Covered in Chrome.”

The Rumpus interviewed author Max Porter.

Hila Blum talked to the New Yorker about her story in this week’s issue.

Aquarium Drunkard interviewed RF Shannon’s Shane Renfroe.

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviewed author Alex Segura.

Our Culture interviewed the duo Water From Your Eyes.

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from R.F. Kuang’s novel Yellowface.

Far Out shared a playlist of Robert Pollard’s “greatest albums of the 1960s.”

Heather O’Neill shared the beginning of her serial novel at the Montreal Gazette.

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