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The New York Times explored how Martin Sherwin and Kai Bird wrote American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Stream a Saul Williams track from My Words Are Music: A Celebration of Sun Ra’s Poetry, an album of featuring recitations of Sun Ra’s poetry.

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The Simulacra by Philip K. Dick
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Paste listed the best needle drops in Wes Anderson films.

Maggie Smith discussed her memoir, You Could Make This Place Beautiful, with Electric Literature.

If I’m not the protagonist in my own life story, then who is? Or, maybe more to the point: If I’m not the protagonist in my own life story, then where could I ever have that agency?

The book collection of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is being auctioned.

Guernica shared new fiction by Jamel Brinkley.

Stream a new song by Slaughter Beach, Dog.

Literary Hub shared a story from Erika Kobayashi’s collection Sunrise.

The Ringer examined the artists who are rerecording their music to reclaim it.

John Milas recommended books by veterans that depict the haunting truth of serving in the U.S. military at Electric Literature.

Stream a new song by Dog Ears.

Orion shared a conversation between authors Kate Zambreno and Emily Raboteau.

SPIN profiled the band Strange Ranger.

Strange Ranger is now split between New York and Philadelphia and has honed a sound honoring both its members’ individual tastes for U.K. electronic weirdos and its collective status as a seasoned American indie rock quartet. Rot Forever and Pure Music are unrecognizable as the work of the same band, but Eiger believes both are the product of what’s called Beginner’s Mind: a willingness to set aside self-consciousness and run the risk of public failure.

The Millions and Literary Hub previewed the year’s remaining most anticipated books.

Stream a new song by Grails.

Vulture profiled Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino.

Maybe your creativity is just like a plant that needed to be repotted.
I literally 1 million percent made that analogy! Because I had a money plant in my house that was in desperate need of being repotted. I told myboyfriend, “I could think of Best Coast as my roots outgrew it and needed a bigger pot.”

Stream a new song by Bonnie “Prince” Billy.

The Conversation examined why we stop exploring new music as we age.

DEVO “Satisfaction” action figures.

Frankie Cosmos’s synth and guitar player, Lauren Martin, talked music and illustration with PRINT.

I think I really honed my illustration skills while doing the merch for the band. And I’ve always been a visual thinker, so I think I approach playing music in an illustrative way, if that makes sense. I think the illustrations I made for the band matched the music, and the songs informed the color, vibe, and subject matter.

Electric Literature shared new fiction by Ren Arcamone.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewed members of the band Deer Tick.

Aaron Gilbreath delved into the history of the band Cat Butt.

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