Shorties (An Excerpt from Colin Dickey’s New Book, New Music from Francis of Delirium, and more)

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Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Colin Dickey’s new book Under the Eye of Power.

Stream a new song by Francis of Delirium.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Film for Her by Orion Carloto
The Stranger by Albert Camus
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

eBook on sale for $2.99 today:

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

eBook on sale for $3.99 today:

A Natural Curiosity by Margaret Drabble

eBooks on sale for $4.99 today:

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Deep River by Karl Marlantes

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.

Musicologists William Robin & Kerry O’Brien discussed their book On Minimalism: Documenting a Musical Movement with All Things Considered.

“Some people called it hypnotic,” O’Brien explains. “People who didn’t like it called it ‘needle-stuck-in-the-groove’ music. A lot of people called it ‘trance’ music. Once it eventually was described as ‘minimalist,’ the composers were not fans, because it can have connotations of simplicity. So they rejected the title, but it stuck.”

Barack Obama shared his summer reading list.

He also shared his summer playlist.

Bully covered Jackson Browne’s “These Days.”

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

Paste profiled the band Stranger Ranger.

Laura Sims recommended books with librarians as main characters at Electric Literature.

Stream a new song by Lush’s Emma Anderson.

Kirkus interviewed Deena Mohamed about her amazing graphic novel Shubeik Lubeik.

Shubeik Lubeik, as playful as its concept is, is very much about the political and historical reality of Cairo.

I wanted it to be on Egyptian shelves. For people who haven’t read a comic since they were kids, you have to trick them into believing that this is a story that they can believe emotionally [laughs].

The Creative Independent and Pitchfork interviewed Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug of the band Sweeping Promises.

Ilana Debare shared thoughts on publishing her debut novel at the age of 65 at Electric Literature.

Today I bow before mid-list novelists, genre novelists, self-published novelists—writers that my younger, snobbier self would have discounted. I understand how hard it is simply to create a narrative arc, to surprise readers, to write dialogue that sounds real. Today I’m thrilled if I can produce a book that holds together and doesn’t make me cringe and maybe leaves some readers moved or delighted.

Stream a new song by the Antlers.

Lydia Davis shared journal entries at Granta.

Cypress Hill played a Tiny Desk Concert.

Literary Hub finds us in the age of the “feminist American Psycho.”

Stream a new song by Vagabon.

The Maris Review interviewed author Sarah Rose Etter.

Stream a new song by Burial.

The New Yorker shared new fiction by Yoko Ogawa.

Alexa Rose covered Lucinda Williams’ “Passionate Kisses.”

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