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May 11, 2020

Shorties (Emma Straub on Her Friendship with Stephin Merritt, Matt Berninger on the 10th Anniversary of The National's High Violet Album, and more)

Boys Alabama by Emma Straub

Emma Straub shared an essay about her friendship with Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt at Vogue.

Matt Berninger talked to UPROXX about the 10th anniversary of the National's High Violet album.

"I’m a huge Guided By Voices fan. The notes are a little flat, or a little sharp, and they haven’t figured out the bridge yet. Early versions so often have surprising honesty. It’s like seeing a picture of somebody with zits on their face. You kind of get to know them a little better. They’re not all airbrushed yet."

eBooks on sale for 99 cents today:

Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming
Dr. No by Ian Fleming
From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
Moonraker by Ian Fleming
Octopussy and The Living Daylights by Ian Fleming

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High Crime Area by Joyce Carol Oates
A House Divided by Pearl S. Buck
I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
Momofuku Milk Bar: A Cookbook by Cristina Tosi

eBook on sale for $2.99 today:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

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

The Young Folks interviewed cartoonist Lucy Knisley.

NPR Music shared an Ann Powers essay on Little Richard.

The New York Times profiled author Mieko Kawakami.

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers played a live session at WGBH.

The Guardian interviewed author Richard Ford.

The New York Times and the Australian profiled singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.

The Los Angeles Times interviewed author Emily St. John Mandel.

Billboard shared a collection of songs about the pandemic.

Lucy Sweeney Byrne made the case for TV's The Hills as the best autofiction at 3:AM.

The Ringer shared a history of Pitchfork 10.0 ratings.

Full Stop interviewed author Percival Everett.

Kerrang! recommended "headphones albums."

Granta shared an excerpt from Kevin Maxwell's book Forced Out.

The Guardian listed the best albums of 2020 (so far).

Book Riot recommended novels for fans of Fiona Apple's album Fetch the Bolt Cutters.

Lillie West (AKA musician Lala Lala) was interviewed by the Creative Independent.

Jonathan Lethem talked to the New Yorker about his story in this week's issue.

Stream a new sing by the Streets.

Book Riot shared an excerpt from Marie Myung-Ok Lee's novel Finding My Voice.

The Quietus reconsidered three of Grace Jones's albums from the early 1980s.

Literary Hub profiled Lydia Millet.

Guernica shared an excerpt from Tracy O’Neill’s forthcoming novel Quotients.

Literary Hub recommended contemporary novels under 200 pages.

Aquarium Drunkard interviewed Rose City Band's Ripley Johnson.

The Rumpus interviewed author Paul Lisicky.

The Guardian profiled author Linda Boström Knausgård.

Linda Boström Knausgård is sitting at a corner table in a London cafe a few days before lockdown. Slender, pale and serious in a high-necked cream blouse, she looks like a character in an Ibsen play. This is apt in more ways than one, for as hundreds of thousands of readers know from the books written by her ex-husband, Boström’s life has been as full of dark, domestic and psychological drama as any of her fellow Scandinavian’s heroines. But the Swedish poet and author is here to tell me that she is through with being a character in someone else’s novels. “I am finding my own language and it feels good. I feel free,” she says.

Hazlitt interviewed author Rufi Thorpe.

The Paris Review interviewed author Quan Barry.

Hobart shared new Blake Butler fiction.

The Nation interviewed author Samantha Irby.

The Associated Press profiled author Robert Caro.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine talked books and reading with Book Marks.

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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