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April 23, 2020

Shorties (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Books and Reading, Fiona Apple on Her New Album, and more)

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talked books and reading with the New York Times.

I mostly read poetry while working on fiction, as a way of immersing myself in language, of luring back my own words. I love the opulent poetry of Tishani Doshi and the more formal work of Derek Walcott and Christian Wiman. I am presently dipping in and out of poetry by Terrance Hayes, Major Jackson and Mary Oliver. I try not to read novels that are similar to whatever I’m working on, but I do reread novels I love, like Chinua Achebe’s “Arrow of God,” to remind myself of what fiction can do.

Fiona Apple discussed her new album Fetch the Bolt Cutters with All Things Considered.

April's best eBook deals

eBook on sale for $1.99 today:

The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar

NPR Music and BrooklynVegan shared calendars of live online virtual concerts.

Yale Climate Connections and Vogue recommended planet-focused books on Earth Day.

Music venues are partnering with Vans on sneakers to help sustain them during the pandemic.

The Folio Society’s art and publishing team to discussed the new editions of A Song of Ice and Fire with The Verge.

Tom Walker, publishing director: The culmination of the television series of Game of Thrones marked a new level of passion and commitment in its fans, but it also took many thousands back to Martin’s books. It was clear that we needed to bring our own commitment to classic sci-fi and fantasy right up to date. Fans of A Song of Ice and Fire are dedicated by nature. The Folio Society can now reward their dedication by bringing them the most perfectly realized editions of the books they so admire — editions that they will be able to hand down through generations. interviewed the artist for Folio's edition of A Clash of Kings.

Paste profiled singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams.

The New York Times recommended books you can read in a day.

John Darnielle talked to Bandcamp about the Mountain Goats' new album.

LitReactor shared an excerpt from Kathe Koja's short story collection Velocities.

Joan As Police Woman covered Cass McCombs' "Not the Way."

Tatler recommended spring's best books.

Stream a new song by Mark Lanegan.

Members of X talked to the Los Angeles Times about Alphabetland, their first album in 35 years.

Louisiana Channel interviewed author Sally Rooney.

American Songwriter shared its 2009 interview with John Prine.

Granta shared a story from Kathryn Scanlan’s new collection, The Dominant Animal.

Stream a new Helado Negro song.

The Maris Review interviewed author Teddy Wayne.

Mark Mothersbaugh discussed his best film and television scores with Rolling Stone.

Tank Magazine shared an excerpt from Wayne Koestenbaum's new essay collection, Figure It Out.

The Los Angeles Times recommended three new documentaries about independent record stores.

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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