Shorties (An Excerpt from Caleb Azumah Nelson’s New Novel, The Best Synth-Pop Albums of All Time, and more)

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Brittle Paper shared an excerpt from Caleb Azumah Nelson’s new novel, Small Worlds.

Paste listed the best synth-pop albums of all time.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

The Gift of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
The Night the Lights Went Out by Drew Magary
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
War in Val d’Orcia by Iris Origo

eBooks on sale for $3.99 today:

Flight to Canada by Ishmael Reed
Hard Times by Studs Terkel

All today’s eBook deals

July’s best eBook deals

All July’s eBook deals

This week’s Largehearted Boy newsletter shared a 1st anniversary playlist as well as the usual links, likes, and weekly recap.

Henry Hoke discussed his novel Open Throat with Counter Craft.

Ever since grad school at CalArts (working with Matias Viegener and Maggie Nelson) I’ve been drawn to fragmentary writing, especially approaches that hybridize forms into something distilled. The line-breaking and not-punctuating felt right for the present tense cascade of my big cat’s expression. It flowed that way in the word doc, and I decided to stick with it. It kept me writing, and I imagine it keeps people reading.

All Songs Considered, Pitchfork, Bandcamp Daily, and Paste recommended the week’s best new songs.

Granta shared new fiction by Can Xue.

Night Club covered Siouxsie and The Banshees’ “Cities in the Dust.”

The Irish Times listed the best books of the year so far.

Allegra Krieger broke down her new album track by track at Paste.

Colson Whitehead discussed his new novel The Crook Manifesto with the New York Times Book Review podcast.

Stream a new song by Doss.

The Creative Independent interviewed author and sociologist Dalton Conley.

Matthew Binder talked to Vol. 1 Brooklyn about his novel

YA Author Juno Dawson is a Donna Tartt fan.

I came to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History with some trepidation in my 30s. Its cult following is, well, cult-like, and hype can be absolutely stifling. In this instance, the acclaim is entirely justified. It’s a deeply vibey novel.

The Cleveland Review of Books recommended Palestinian poetry in translation.

3:AM interviewed author Charlie Hill.

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