Shorties (An Excerpt from Geoff Rickly’s Debut Novel, New Music from Crooks & Nannies, and more)

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Literary Hub shared an excerpt from one of my favorite novels of the year, Geoff Rickly’s Someone Who Isn’t Me.

Stream new music from Crooks & Nannies.

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This week’s Largehearted Boy newsletter shared an anniversary playlist (of songs from the past year) as well as the usual links, likes, and weekly recap.

Texas booksellers talked fighting book bans with the New York Times.

Stream a new song by Strawberry Runners.

Book Riot and Literary Hub recommended the week’s best new books.

The Creative Independent and Consequence interviewed Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino.

Laura Lippman discussed her new novel, Prom Mom, with Shondaland.

“I have a lot of friends in their 20s and 30s and 40s, and I’m 64. I feel that has been one of the most positive things I’ve ever done because it keeps me in touch with things. So when I’m writing a novel like Prom Mom where the characters are significantly younger than I am, I don’t worry about that.”

Stream a new song by Slow Pulp.

R.F. Kuang talked about Goodreads with the Guardian.

Though I find I can’t stay off Goodreads myself. I don’t read reviews of my own work – I have finally reached that improbable, lucky place where I’m no longer very curious about what anyone is saying about me, so long as I get to keep writing. But I love to ramble on about novels I loved, and I love to see what my friends are loving.

Alexander Zarou Levine of the So So Glos has cancer and needs our help.

Chana Porter talked to Electric Literature about her novel The Thick and the Lean.

I think I’m always going to write from the perspective of having a body. My animal self is always present. I’m a sci-fi fan, and if I’m watching a show that takes place on a spaceship, and no one ever has a meal or talks about a craving, or about the food they miss at home, that seems to me to be a very large part of what it means to have a body left out. These basic needs that we all have to sleep, to eat, for touch, these things occupy me. I think, in a way, our desire is our most common experience.

Stream a new song by Sextile.

Terrance Hayes talked to Shondaland about his new poetry collection So To Speak.

Chicago Magazine profiled singer-songwriter Claud.

Five years removed from their first EP, Claud feels conflicted about the term “bedroom pop,” a label often thrust upon them and their peers who started in the mid-2010s. “That was a beautiful time, but I think that also turned into something a little diminishing of the artists,” Claud says. Supermodels, after all, wasn’t made in a bedroom — it came to life in a studio, with an arsenal of musicians and producers. “I like it as an endearing term to commemorate the time I started my artist project, I just wouldn’t use it to describe the album I just made.” shared an excerpt from Keith Rosson’s novel Fever House.

Stream a new song by Patio.

Full Stop interviewed author Madelaine Lucas.

Stream two new songs by the Kills.

Talk Easy interviewed Roxane Gay.

Stream two new songs by Woods.

Stream a new song by Jenny Owen Youngs.

Stream a new song by Worriers.

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