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March 30, 2020

Shorties (Tove Janssen's Personal World, A Riot Grrl Album Guide, and more)

Letters from Tove by Tove Jansson

Sheila Heti reviewed Letters from Tove and explored Tove Jansson's personal world at the New Yorker.

Rolling Stone recommended a Riot Grrl album guide.

March's best eBook deals.

eBooks free today:

several titles at Verso Books (through April 2nd)

eBook on sale for $1.99 today:

A People's History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian

eBook on sale for $2.99 today:

The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

NPR Music is keeping a calendar of online live virtual concerts.

Cameron Esposito discussed her memoir Save Yourself with Weekend Edition.

Stream a new Jason Isbell song.

The funniest writer in America, Samantha Irby, discussed her new essay collection Wow, No Thank You with Weekend Edition.

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie discussed the band's album We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes with SPIN 20 years after its release.

BuzzFeed shared an excerpt from Mitch Weiss's book Broken Faith: Inside the Word of Faith Fellowship, One of America's Most Dangerous Cults.

Stream a new Mountain Goats song.

BBC Culture recommended the best books of 2020 so far.

Stream a new song by William Tyler.

ShortList recommended the best soccer books of all time.

Sonic Youth made 11 live recordings available to stream at Bandcamp.

Library Journal listed winter and spring's best debut novels.

Stream a new song by Superwolf (Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeney).

The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Deb Olin Unferth.

Hayes Carll and Allison Moorer covered "That's the Way Love Goes."

The Guardian interviewed author Damian Barr.

TORRES covered Portishead's "Wandering Star."

Hilary Leichter discussed her novel Temporary with Literary Hub.

David Byrne wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.

Comic Book Resources listed the most realistic comics about pandemics.

Michael Stipe and Aaron Dessner share a new song.

Book Riot recommended literary podcasts to relieve stress.

Mike Cooley pf the Drive-By Truckers discussed the band's new album The Unraveling with Guitar World.

George Saunders talked to the New Yorker about his new story in this week's issue.

The Creative Independent interviewed musician Reggie Watts.

The New York Times features a new essay by Ann Patchett.

The Quietus reappraised Elastica's albums.

The New York Review of Books features a new essay by Leslie Jamison.

The Quietus recommended April's best comics.

Longreads shared an essay from Rachel Vorona Cote's collection Too Much.

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previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Flash Dancers (authors pair original flash fiction with a song
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists