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)
"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."
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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.
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."
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.
Stream a new sing by the Streets.
The Quietus reconsidered three of Grace Jones's albums from the early 1980s.
Literary Hub recommended contemporary novels under 200 pages.
Aquarium Drunkard interviewed Rose City Band's Ripley Johnson.
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 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)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists