Shorties (An Excerpt from Paul Murray’s New Novel, Remembering Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous, and more)

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Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Paul Murray’s new novel The Bee Sting.

Stream a new song by Margaret Glaspy.

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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.

Stream a new song by Fievel Is Glauque.

Pidgeon Pagonis discussed their memoir, Nobody Needs to Know, with Morning Edition.

Pitchfork examined how the Hollywood actors and writers strikes are affecting the music industry.

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

Stream two new songs by Maple Glider.

Jenn Shapland discussed her essay collection, Thin Skin, at Electric Literature.

It took me a long time to see the threads of sensitivity and vulnerability running through the collection. The dermatological diagnosis, which I found a bit rude, to be honest, came years before I wrote the title essay, but it stuck around in my mind. Do I have thin skin, literally or figuratively? If so, what does it mean and what does it feel like to look closely at different forms of contamination and toxicity? In what ways can research and writing be forms of self-contamination? Or exposure therapy?

Shondaland also interviewed Shapland.

The Ringer shared an excerpt from Michael Tedder’s new book, Top Eight: How Myspace Changed Music.

Debutiful interviewed author Kyle Dillon Hertz.

Math Monahan shared how she created the cover for Hertz’s novel The Lookback Window at Literary Hub.

Stream a new song by Carissa Wierd’s Jenn Campion.

Full Stop interviewed author Cleo Qian.

Musicians remembered Mark Linkous at The Quietus in advance of the release of the posthumous Sparklehorse album, Bird Machine.

Akemi C. Brodsky recommended books about mad scientists at Electric Literature.

Stream a new song by Mali Velasquez.

Vanity Fair shared an excerpt from Naomi Klein’s forthcoming book, Doppelganger.

Stream a new song by Cherry Glazerr.

Stream a new song by Pure Bathing Culture.

Stream a new song by yeule.

Orbiting Human Circus covered Johnny Green & Edward Heyman’s “I Cover The Waterfront.”

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