Shorties (Tess Gunty on Books and Reading, Jason Isbell Profiled, and more)

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Tess Gunty talked books and reading with the New York Times.

What’s the last book you read that made you cry?

“Calling a Wolf a Wolf,” by Kaveh Akbar, specifically the penultimate poem: “I Won’t Lie This Plague of Gratitude.” Akbar alchemizes pain into beauty line after line, but it was an unexpected evocation of hope that made

Jason Isbell discussed his new album with TIME.

Stereogum reconsidered Isbell’s Southeastern album on its 10th anniversary.

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Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein
Hell by Robert Olen Butler

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P.G. Wodehouse in His Own Words
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Savage Conversations by LeAnne Howe

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Monkey by Wu Ch’êng-ên
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The Akron Sound: The Heyday of the Midwest’s Punk Capital by Calvin C. Rydbom

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Paste profiled singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis.

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

Stream a new song by Anyma and Grimes.

Book Riot listed June’s best nonfiction books.

Pitchfork and Vulture listed 2023’s best songs so far.

Stream a new song by Beverly Glenn-Copeland.

Nicole Cuffy talked to Debutiful about her debut novel, Dances.

Bandcamp Daily profiled the band Water From Your Eyes.

“I’m not a trained vocalist,” Brown admits from their parent’s home in Chicago, where they’re resting in between tours. Brown’s lowkey, talkative style floats over Amos’s productions with a childlike lilt, delivered with an offhandedness that somehow suggests both innocence and total disaffection. “That’s just how I talk. I haven’t really considered whether or not it works,” they laugh.

The Creative Independent interviewed poet Natasha Rao.

…poetry is such an old, timeless art form and I don’t see how that would ever go away because it’s lasted for so long. It’s not like this quick fad. There’s this alchemy that happens when you’re reading a poem. You can change the way that you’re thinking and the way that you’re seeing, even just for a second.

Stream a new song by Laura Misch.

Henry Hoke talked books and reading with Literary Hub.

The New York Times Magazine shared a new poem by Rae Armantrout.

Mattie Lubchansky talked to Publishers Weekly about their debut graphic novel, Boys Weekend.

A transgender person being on a bachelor party weekend and being the best man for their old college friend is sort of the very root of the headlines of my life. I got the idea for the story when I was at my friends’ bachelor party when I was very freshly out of the closet, and not out to a lot of my friends.

Stream a new song by Shamir.

Helen Schulman discussed her new novel with Electric Literature.

I think it’s really about how women can be so tormented and abused that they turn on each other and destroy themselves, their sisterhood. A civil war between women that’s orchestrated by very powerful men.

John Elizabeth Stintzi discussed their novel My Volcano with the Heavy Feather Review.

I don’t think that art is a solution to many of our problems, but I think that art can really help communicate the importance of nature to people in a way that can, possibly, help tune their souls toward the actions we need to take.

The Beat recommended queer graphic novels for Pride Month.

Defector shared a new essay by Casey Plett.

Stream a new song by the Drums.

Shannon Bowring recommended linked story collections at Literary Hub.

Stream a new song by Lightning Dust.

Morgan Parker interviewed poet Charif Shanahan at the Paris Review.

Stream a new Madeline Kenney song.

The Chicago Tribune recommended books for beach reading.

Frieda Hughes, daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, discussed her new memoir, George, with Vanity Fair.

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