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May 15, 2020

Shorties (Curtis Sittenfeld on Her New Novel, Perfume Genius Interviewed, and more)

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld discussed her novel Rodham with the Guardian.

The disparity between the vitriolic criticism Hillary has faced and who she actually is seems to be so great that it reminds me of that optical illusion – itself a sexist binary – where from one angle the image looks like a beautiful young woman and from another angle like a hag.

Paste interviewed Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius.

NPR Music examined the impact of Perfume Genius on music.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
Deceit and Other Possibilities by Vanessa Hua
The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks by Gwendolyn Brooks
Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

Lie Down in Darkness by William Styron
Reasons To Stay Alive by Graham Greene
Washington by Ron Chernow

NPR Music and BrooklynVegan are sharing calendars of live online virtual concerts.

Entertainment Weekly recommended summer's best books.

Pitchfork and Brooklyn Vegan recommended the week's best new albums.

Electric Literature recommended novels about grieving a family member.

SPIN profiled the band MAITA.

Whether it’s the intoxicating Riot Grrrl fuzz of “Can’t Blame A Kid” or the delicate “Japanese Waitress,” with its goosebump-inducing ruminations about the many indignities service industry employees — especially female ones — must endure, the songs on Best Wishes evoke a feeling of being privy to an extremely talented artist’s innermost contemplations.

Vulture profiled author Olivia Laing.

Variety and Stereogum singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.

Book Riot recommended book-scented candles.

Sharon Van Etten and Josh Homme covered Nick Lowe's ‘(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?’

O: The Oprah Magazine recommended spring's best books.

Deerhoof guitarists John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez discussed their playing styles and gear with Guitar World.

Stream a new Deerhoof song.

André Leon Talley discussed his new memoir The Chiffon Trenches with Vulture.

Stream two songs by Mrs. Piss (a collaboration of Chelsea Wolfe and Jess Gowrie).

Electric Literature interviewed author Hilary Leichter.

PPE you need: DEVO "Energy Dome" face shields.

Authors shared an "end of the world' book recommendations at the New York Times.

Stereogum reconsidered LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening album on its 10th anniversary.

The Conversation listed 19th century books that will help you understand America better,

Stream Best Coast's "Scooby Doo Theme Song."

Publisher and bookstore Deep Vellum has set up an emergency fund for Texas literary artists affected by the pandemic.

Beach Bunny's Lili Trifilio played a virtual live set for Rolling Stone.

Entertainment Weekly shared a queer author roundtable that included Nicole Dennis-Benn, Garth Greenwell, Naoise Dolan, and Akwaeke Emezi.

Aquarium Drunkard shared a mixtape of Brazilian covers of international pop and rock hits.

Bryan Washington talked books and reading with Book Marks.

Fontaines D.C. covered The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Darklands.”

Ken Baumann is crowdfunding the publication of his novel A Task.

Stream a new Yung Lean song.

The New York Times recommended the week's best books.

Stream a new song by Baths.

Literary Hub listed April books you might have missed.

Tori Amos talked books and reading with the Guardian.

The Maris Review interviewed author Susannah Cahalan.

Luna Luna interviewed author Hillary Leftwich.

The Rumpus interviewed author Sue William Silverman.

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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