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Author and translator Jennifer Croft talked books, translation, and reading with the New York Times.

What makes for a good translation? Can you (or anyone) recognize a good translation from a language you don’t read?

In general, there has to be chemistry between form and content for a book to be good. What translators do is create new forms for the same content in order to bring readers great books they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.


Stream a new song by Anjimile.


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Pitchfork profiled singer-songwriter Joanna Sternberg.

The art of Joanna Sternberg invites you into an intimate and interconnected world. Through their casually profound lyrics, the whimsical self-portraits that adorn their visuals, and even their endearingly self-deprecating live banter, it’s easy to feel like you know the person behind it all—that you’ve commiserated about the people in your lives, flipped through each other’s photo albums, or gone long on your nostalgia for NeoPets or the therapeutic joys of Real Housewives.


Lamya H discussed her memoir Hijab Butch Blues with Electric Literature.

I came to writing through the act of telling stories as a way to counter the narratives being lost. I used to tell stories all the time of just things that had happened to me. One time a friend said, You tell these stories and you are clearly upset and angry but that rage dissipates unless you do something about it. She suggested writing, so I started writing.


Stream a new song by Marisa Anderson & Tara Jane O’Neil.


Tor.com shared an excerpt from Daniel Hornsby’s novel Sucker.


PopMatters profiled the band Wye Oak.


The New York Times reviewed the documentary Umberto Eco.

“Umberto Eco: A Library of the World” celebrates the man and his many bookshelves, but it’s his symbolic appeal that comes across above all. Davide Ferrario’s documentary front-loads the physicality of books, with drooling pans of libraries from Turin, Italy, to Tianjin, China, before easing into Eco’s eclectic interests, with clips of him dispensing aperçus and quips about memory and the noise of modernity.


PopMatters listed the best albums of the year so far.


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


Stream a new song by Ratboys.


Lydia Davis shared pages from her 2021 diary at the Paris Review.


SPIN profiled the band Lucero.

“Lucero has this split personality where we like loud rock ‘n roll songs, but we also like really quiet pretty songs,” Nichols says. “Doing those shows, we got to compartmentalize both, and it made a lot of sense to me. I didn’t have to worry about how to transition from one song to the next and try to make a setlist that flows just right. I could just put all the sad songs here and all the dumb fast songs over here.”


Uzodinma Okehi talked autofiction with Vol. 1 Brooklyn.


Stream a new song by Beverly Glenn-Copeland.


The New York Times recommended July’s must-read books.


Louder Than War profiled the band bdrmm.


Will Leitch discussed his new novel with The Reveal.


Stream BENEE and Mallrat’s official theme song for FIFA Women’s World Cup.


The Maris Review interviewed author Tania James.


Stereogum reconsidered Sufjan Stevens’ Michigan album on its 20th anniversary.


The Colorado Review shared new fiction by Kelly Luce.


Stream a track from a forthcoming Moondog tribute album.


3:AM Magazine shared new fiction by James Tadd Adcox.


Stream a new song by Blur.


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