Shorties (An Interview with Norman Erikson Pasaribu, New Music from Jenny Owen Youngs, and more)

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Norman Erikson Pasaribu discussed their short fiction collection Happy Stories, Mostly, with Kirkus.

Careful readers will notice how queerness is threaded through these stories in subtle ways and overt ones. Queerness affects “how we negotiate with the world we live in” and “makes our choices different from those of the hetero people in our lives,” says Pasaribu…

Stream a new song by Jenny Owen Youngs.

eBooks on sale for $0.99 today:

1968: Eye Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita
Triumph of the Spider Monkey by Joyce Carol Oates

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Dr. Futurity by Philip K. Dick
A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

eBook on sale for $2.99 today:

Desert Notes and River Notes by Barry Lopez

All today’s eBook deals

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The band Deer Tick answered Redditors’ questions.

The Philadelphia Inquirer recommended July’s best books.

Stream a previously unreleased Breeders track.

Ana Menéndez discussed her new novel with Literary Hub.

All Songs Considered listed its favorite musical artists of the year so far.

Book Riot and Literary Hub recommended the week’s best new books.

Stream a new song by Will Butler + Sister Squares.

John Wray explored the literary influence of Cormac McCarthy at the Los Angeles Times.

Bryce Dessner discussed his work producing Taylor Swift and playing in the National with Paste.

Stream a new song by the Knife’s Olof Dreijer

Marta Balcewicz recommended novels about questionable geniuses and false saviors at Electric Literature.

24 Question Party People interviewed Liz Phair.

Tara Isabella Burton discussed her book Self-Made: Creating Our Identities From Da Vinci to the Kardashians with Shondaland.

Stream a new song by ambient pedal steel guitarist Hayden Pedigo.

The Kirkus podcast interviewed author K Patrick.

The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn talked storytelling with Radio Milwaukee.

Christian Cooper discussed his book, Better Living Through Birding, with Keen On.

Stream a song from the Jesus & Mary Chain’s forthcoming live album.

I’m a Writer, But interviewed author Anne K. Yoder.

Stream a new song by Joanna Sternberg.

Richard Thomas explored the pros and cons of prologues at LitReactor.

Stream a new song by Strawberry Runners.

Full Stop interviewed translator Nora Seligman Favorov.

Stream a new song by Girl Ray.

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from one of my favorite novels of the year, Veronica Raimo’s Lost on Me.

Stream a new song by Alabaster dePlume.

The New York Times and Lincoln Michel examined the controversies surrounding Goodreads.

Stream a new song by Diners.

Aquarium Drunkard interviewed Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers.

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