Shorties (A Story from Ann Beattie’s New Collection, The Best Music Books of the Year So Far, and more)

Daily book & music news & links

Electric Literature shared a story from Ann Beattie’s new collection Onlookers.

Alternative Press listed the best music books of the year so far.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Every Day by David Levithan
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson
The Once and Future King by T. H. White

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

Count Belisarius by Robert Graves
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

All today’s eBook deals

July’s best eBook deals

All July’s eBook deals

This week’s Largehearted Boy newsletter shared a summer playlist as well as the usual links, likes, and weekly recap.

Pitchfork listed contenders for 2023’s “song of the summer.”

Abraham Verghese discussed his latest novel, The Covenant of Water, with the Christian Science Monitor.

My aims are always the same, which is a good story well told. Having made the decision of locating the story in the south of India and during this time period of 1900-1977, you really can’t escape issues of caste. 

Sunstroke shared a hardcore cover of the Cranberries’ “Salvation.”

Dina Gachman talked to Shondaland about her memoir So Sorry for Your Loss.

My book is a book of essays about grief. It’s very much rooted in my own story of losing my mom to colon cancer in 2018 and then my sister Jackie to alcoholism about two years later. It’s a hybrid memoir. I talked to a lot of experts. I talked to therapists and a death doula. I talked to parents who lost children. And then, because the book can get pretty heavy, I added some humor for levity.

Stream a new Explosions in the Sky song.

Author Claire Hopple talked inspiration with The Creative Independent.

I think the best way to be inspired and be creative if you’re wanting to write is just to read a bunch, as most people say. I very much agree with that, and giving yourself the space and the time.

The BBC shared an eight episode podcast The Rise and Fall of Britpop.

Nathan Go recommended novels with narrators that defy our expectations at Electric Literature.

Lucinda Williams discussed her new album and songwriting with SPIN.

Topics just come to me. That’s the beauty of being a songwriter. I could hear somebody say something and think to myself, “Wow, that’s a good line,” and write it down so I don’t forget it, and then that’ll show up in a song somewhere. Or I might be watching the news and get real affected by a story. It’s in your face. It’s hard to ignore. The good thing is, I’m not at a loss for ideas, and that’s the first step when you’re writing songs.

The 2022 winners of the Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced.

Stream a new song by Lost Girls (Jenny Hval and Håvard Volden)

The longlist for the 2023 New American Voices Award has been announced.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy contributors Chika Unigwe, Jane Wong, and Myriam Gurba.

Our Culture profiled the band Snõõper.

The Dial shared two new poems by Rania Mamoun.

Stream a new song by Strange Ranger.

The Walrus shared a conversation between Annie Ernaux and Karin Schwerdtner.

Consequence listed the best industrial albums of all time.

The New Yorker profiled Korean poet Kim Hyesoon.

For Kim, poetry is “dancing,” “being a nameless animal,” “crossing the river of the grotesque,” “making a revolution in the realm of language,” and “a verb.” She has long concerned herself with animals, human and nonhuman. The collection “Poor Love Machine” is filled with rats and felines. “Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream” contains a gray bear, fire ants, roe deer, an ostrich, a rabbit, and a duck.

Stream a new song by L Morgan.

Keen On interviewed author Maggie O’Farrell.

Fiction Advocate interviewed author Jaime Green.

First Draft interviewed author Stephen Buoro.

Caroline Rayner discussed her new book and the poets who inspired it at The Millions.

Tessa Hadley talked to the New Yorker about her story in this week’s issue.

Roadmap shared new poetry by Dorothea Lasky.

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