Shorties (An Excerpt from Jenny Xie’s Debut Novel, New Music from Worriers, and more)

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Electric Literature shared an excerpt from Jenny Xie’s debut novel Holding Pattern.

Xie discussed the book with Shondaland.

Stream a new song by Worriers.

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Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu

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Essential Essays by Adrienne Rich
Everything and More by David Foster Wallace
Old Friends by Tracy Kidder
The Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe
Sugar Run by Mesha Maren
Wildlife by Richard Ford
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

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Changing Planes by Ursula K. Le Guin

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A Cigarette Lit Backwards by Tea Hacic-Vlahovic
Fake Meat by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

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Writers examined the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s story “The Lottery” at the New York Times on the 75th anniversary of its publication.

Stream a new song by Animal Collective.

Science fiction’s 2023 Locus Awards have been announced.

Stream a new song by the Swell Season.

Kathryn Jezer-Morton made the case for Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road as the best parenting book of all time.

The Road will outlast every other parenting book in terms of relevance. It will achieve immortality, because its themes, like the Bible’s, will never become obsolete or irrelevant.

Pitchfork previewed the stage adaptation of Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois album.

The stage show’s music director Nathan Koci half-jokes that one challenge of the project “was how to do it without 15 oboe players.” Frequent Stevens collaborator Timo Andres, who handled the show’s musical arrangements, adds that though he wanted to remain faithful to the source material, “the intention was never to replicate the sound of the album so much as capture the spirit of it.”

Harper’s Bazaar recommended summer reading.

Stream a new song by Meernaa.

Cartoonist Mattie Lubchansky talked writing with Bustle.

Junkee profiled singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis.

Lately, she’s been more reflective than usual. “People started asking me to write a memoir, which is so weird — that I’m old enough to do that. I actually put that aside, and I started writing a screenplay, just because the form is shorter. It’s like, 120 pages.”

Dwight Garner discussed the importance of bodily functions in literature.

Mountain Goats’ Magic the Gathering cards.

Thao Thai recommended books about gripping family secrets at Electric Literature.

A new MF Doom action figure.

Diana Goetsch shared the books that helped her write her memoir This Body I Wore at Literary Hub.

Bandcamp Daily explored the legacy of the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra.

Paul Murray discussed his new novel, Bee Sting, with Review31.

…I should listen to my own advice, but I like long books. I like getting lost and having that relationship over time with a piece of work. Sometimes you can read a short novel and if you don’t get on with it, it can feel like much more of a slog than a long book that you do connect with.

Stream new music from Hovvdy’s Charlie Martin.

Paul Yoon talked to the New Yorker about his story in this week’s issue.

Stream a new song by Daneshevskaya.

Leopoldine Core discussed writing her poem “Ex-Stewardess” with the Paris Review.

Bandcamp Daily explored the releases of electronic music label Houndstooth.

Aquarium Drunkard interviewed musician Douglas McCombs.

Bob Dylan covered the Grateful Dead’s “Stella Blue.”

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