Shorties (Isabelle Allende on Writing, An Interview with Maria BC, and more)

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Isabel Allende talked writing with The Cut.

I don’t set a limit of pages that I’m going to write, but often I say, “Today I need to get this scene done.” That doesn’t mean that that’s the final version of the scene, but at least have it on the computer. It’s like the skeleton of the final scene. I need to have all the research. I need to be sure that all the facts are true. I need to be sure that that’s the right place in the book.

The Creative Independent interviewed singer-songwriter Maria BC.

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Joyland featured new fiction by Brandon Taylor.

All Songs Considered, Paste, Pitchfork, and BrooklynVegan recommended the week’s best new albums.

Isle McElroy shared how they write sex scenes at Literary Hub.

Shondaland interviewed McElroy.

Members of Talking Heads discussed their documentary Stop Making Sense with Morning Edition.

David Byrne: I hadn’t seen the film in probably a decade at least, and I’m kind of looking at it and thinking, who is that guy? I mean, I’m impressed with the film and impressed with our performance. But I’m also having this really jarring experience of thinking, “He’s so serious. He’s very intent. He kind of loosens up towards the end, but in the beginning, he’s really focused.”

We Need Diverse Books is holding an auction to support their worthy cause.

NPR Music listed public radio’s best new musicians of 2023.

Polygon recommended October’s best horror books.

The duo First Aid Kit discussed their new album with The Current.

Electric Literature shared three stories from Lydia Davis’s new collection, Our Strangers.

The New Yorker interviewed Davis.

Paste profiled Vagabon’s Laetitia Tamko.

The Sunday Times recommended campus novels.

Bella White covered Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend.”

Esquire recommended fall’s best new books.

Vulture interviewed PJ Harvey.

The shortlist for the Center for Fiction 2023 First Novel Prize has been announced.

The Guardian recommended entry points into JM Coetzee’s books.

Stream a new Ty Segall song.

Nathan Hill discussed his new novel with Shondaland.

Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin shared some cultural highlights with the Guardian.

C Pam Zhang discussed her new novel with Shondaland.

PopMatters profiled the band Grails.

James Frankie Thomas discussed his debut novel with Debutiful.

Yael Goldstein-Love discussed her new novel with the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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Kirkus interviewed poet Amanda Gorman.

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