Shorties (An Interview with Sarah Gerard, New Music from Speedy Ortiz, and more)

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Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewed author Sarah Gerard.

Stream a new song by Speedy Ortiz.

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Miya Folick broke down the songs on her new album Roach at Colorado Public Radio.

Camille Dungy discussed her book Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden with the Christian Science Monitor.

One of the realities of the African American community is that there are a lot of us who are deeply connected to the land, to growing, and to gardening. We are nurturing plants in our yards, containers on our balconies, and pots in our sunrooms. That aspect of the Black experience isn’t magnified in media, literature, or movies, so the connection that many of us have to the soil frequently comes as a surprise to people outside the Black community.

Stream a new song by Becca Mancari.

Buzzy Jackson talked books and reading with Debutiful.

Paste previewed June’s most anticipated albums.

Susanna Kaysen talked “sad girl lit” with Bustle.

…I think it would be a mistake really to trace that back to me. I think the only thing I was at all a path breaker on was being straightforward about having been hospitalized and labeled a mental patient. And that’s different from these women being willing to talk about how unhappy they are.

Stream a new Hiss Golden Messenger song.

Electric Literature recommended 2023’s best queer horror books.

Pitchfork listed the best music of the year so far.

Authors recommended summer reading at Elle UK.

Stream a new song by Kassi Valazza.

S.A. Cosby talked books and reading with the New York Times.

Santi Elijah Holley discussed his book An Amerikan Family: The Shakurs and the Nation They Created with Kirkus.

CLMP shared a Pride reading list.

Stream a new song by Panda Bear and Rusty Santos.

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

Beach Fossils’ Dustin Payseur discussed the inspirations behind the band’s new album Bunny with Our Culture.

The Verve album A Storm in Heaven and Spiritualized’s Lazer Guided Melodies, those were maybe the two biggest inspirations on this new record.

Literary Hub recommended “unhinged” beach reading.

Dark Canyon covered two Lee Hazlewood songs at Aquarium Drunkard.

Debut LGBTQ+ authors recommended books that changed their lives at Literary Hub.

The Quietus reconsidered British Sea Power’s debut album The Decline Of British Sea Power twenty years after its release.

What to think of The Decline Of British Sea Power twenty years on? It was a debut that, due to its own near-mythical qualities, immediately threatened to pin the band down like butterfly specimens on a board. I can’t think of many British rock debuts, aside from Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and Unknown Pleasures that possess the same time-bending qualities and unique character.

Words Without Borders recommended May’s best books in translation.

John Darnielle is now recommending books on YouTube.

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