Shorties (An Excerpt from Megan Kamalei Kakimoto’s Story Collection, A Profile of Beverly Glenn-Copeland, and more)

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Electric Literature shared an excerpt from Megan Kamalei Kakimoto’s debut collection, Every Drop Is a Man’s Nightmare.

Paste profiled singer-songwriter Beverly Glenn-Copeland.

“I make music to keep my piano and vocal chops together, to be ready for the call from the Universal Broadcasting System,” Glenn tells me. “Like many artists, I believe that ideas have sentience, that the Universe itself is sending the music. If I can’t—or don’t—respond, due to some external situation, the music goes on to someone else.”

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This week’s Largehearted Boy newsletter shared a playlist about animals (both actual & metaphorical) as well as the usual links, likes, and weekly recap.

NME examined the trend of sped-up songs featured on TikTok.

Author Emma Rosenblum talked food and drug with Grub Street.

Stream a new Sufjan Stevens song.

Chapter 16 interviewed author Lee Smith.

Stereogum interviewed author and musician Geoff Rickly.

Kai Cheng Thom talked to Shondaland about her new poetry collection, Falling Back in Love With Being Human: Letters to Lost Souls.

I am obsessed with monsters. I’m obsessed! And I’m not alone; there’s a cultural obsession with monsters in queer and trans communities. I think the link is obvious. … We have been so often storied as a lurking force, the evil predator on the outside edges. What I love about queer and trans literature or trans cultural production is that we’re like, “Yeah, we are the monster on the edge. What’s the monster on the edge feeling like today?”

Stream a new song by Actress.

Maisonneuve examined the past and future of literary translation by computer.

Aquarium Drunkard interviewed ANOHNI.

My ground zero as a singer was really Nina Simone just because of how visceral her approach to singing was. Marvin Gaye’s voice was so different, as was Donny Hathaway’s. There was a much more discrete emotionality to the tone and to the way they formed the sounds. At first, it didn’t draw me in as much. But as I’ve gotten older, I think I’ve come to understand and appreciate more of this kind of subtle undertow as a central emotional touchstone in the music.

Babak Lakghomi recommended books portraying a search for truth at Electric Literature.

Stream a new song by Snõõper. interviewed author David Grann.

Aquarium Drunkard launched its No Way Out: An Oral History of Sunburned Hand of the Man podcast with an oral history of the band’s Headdress album.

Melissa Febos examined the legacy of Judy Blume at the New York Review of Books.

Stream a new song by Fiddlehead.

The New Yorker shared a new essay by Jonathan Franzen.

Stream two new songs by Joey Nebulous. interviewed author Sinan Antoon.

Stream a new song by Land of Talk.

T. Coraghessan Boyle talked to the New Yorker about his story in this week’s issue.

Stream a new song by Stephen Steinbrink.

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