Shorties (Lorrie Moore Profiled, Martin Amis’s Influence on Britpop, and more)

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The New York Times Magazine profiled author Lorrie Moore.

…despite the connection readers feel to Moore’s heroines, her writing maintains a careful distance, epitomizing a formal rigor that never confuses the use of the personal for artistic effect with the confessional. Moore will not confess. She mines the events and characters of her life, not in search of closure or catharsis but to bend and shape them to her artistic purpose.

HotPress examined how Martin Amis laid the blueprint for Britpop.

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The Valley of the Moon by Jack London

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The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
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Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov

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M*A*S*H by Richard Hooker

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Windeye by Brian Evenson

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The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty

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Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler

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Stream new music from My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields.

Gary Shteyngart talked books and reading with the Guardian.

Matt Berenson explored the discography of the Jayhawks.

The New York Times remembered poet Saskia Hamilton.

Bob Dylan covered Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.”

The New Yorker interviewed author Deborah Levy.

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

Public Books shared a conversation between author Aminatta Forna and Georgetown professor Nicole Rizzuto.

Stream a new song by the Pretenders.

Ore Agbaje-Williams listed scandalous betrayals in literature at Electric Literature.

Paste listed the year’s best songs so far.

Jonathan Eig talked to the New York Times about his Martin Lutker King, Jr. biography.

Stream a new song by saxophonist Cole Pulice.

Vulture shared a Juneteenth reading list.

Low’s Alan Sparhawk shared some of his favorite ’90s songs at The Current.

Literary Hub shared a story from Christine Sneed’s new collection Direct Sunlight.

Stream a new song by Bethany Cosentino.

Luis Alberto Urrea recommended books about the U.S.-Mexico borderlands at the New York Times.

Paste profiled musician Ezra Williams.

Statorec interviewed author Hillary Leftwich.

BrooklynVegan interviewed Django Django’s David Maclean.

M. Evelina Galang talked to Electric Literature about her short story collection When the Hibiscus Falls.

Jason Isbell discussed his new album with All Things Considered.

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