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May 20, 2020

Shorties (Mark Lanegan's Memoir Reviewed, New Solo Music from The National's Matt Berninger, and more)

Sing Backwards and Weep by Mark Lanegan

The Guardian reviewed Mark Lanegan's memoir Sing Backwards and Weep.

Rock memoirs are traditionally full of myth-building and depravity, but Lanegan’s account of his tenure in the proto-grunge quartet Screaming Trees sidesteps the myth-building and rushes headlong into grand guignol scenes of degradation and self-abuse. Rare in its rawness and candour, the book is a brutal chronicle of addiction that began aged 12 when Lanegan was “reviled as a town drunk before I could even legally drink”, and continued into his 20s when he branched out into heroin and crack.

Stream a new song from the forthcoming solo album from National's Matt Berninger.

May's best eBook deals.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

The Big Sleep by Philip Marlowe
Every Living Thing by James Herriot
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contrera

eBookson sale for $2.99 today:

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

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

The Rumpus, the Washington Post, and Literary Hub offer calendars of online virtual literary events,

Stream a new Phoebe Bridgers song.

Today listed summer's most anticipated books.

Eater recreated David Bowie's favorite NYC sandwiches.

Scientific American recommended June's best books.

Stream a song from Jason Molina's forthcoming posthumous album.

The Atlantic interviewed Robin Sloan, and features a new short story by him.

Ryley Walker covered Grandaddy's “The Go In The Go-For-It."

The 2020 British Science Fiction Association Awards have been announced.

Stream a new IDLES song.

ELLE recommended “23 Books That Will Put You in a Good Mood, Guaranteed

The Atlantic recommended “20 Books to Read in Quarantine This Summer.”

The Creative Independent interviewed Jarvis Cocker.

Electric Literature listed musicals you might not know were inspired by books.

The New York Times recommended summer reading.

Autostraddle examined how trans representation is changing in YA fiction.

Gabino Iglesias has been offering writing advice at LitReactor.

ELLE listed the best books of 2020 (so far).

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Anna Dorn's novel Vagablonde.

André Leon Talley discussed his memoir The Chiffon Trenches with TIME.

Literary Hub interviewed author Curtis Sittenfeld.

Muslim authors recommended Ramadan reads at BuzzFeed.

Wayne Koestenbaum discussed his new collection of essays Figure it Out with the Los Angeles Review of Books podcast.

The Guardian recommended books about silence.

Full Stop interviewed author and translator Samah Selim.

Scott MacGregor and Gary Dumm discussed their graphic novel Fire On the Water with the Lakewood Observer.

Scott: Cleveland is one of those Great American cities that grew up during the second industrial revolution personalized by self-made tycoons. The smoke belching industries that they created had polluted the air and water around Cleveland with impunity. By the late 1880s the mayor of Cleveland had declared the Cuyahoga River to be an “open sewer” and it was contaminated with all sorts of matter that used to clump together in the middle of the River and catch fire. Not just once, either. The river has actually caught fire over a dozen times since the 1860s.

Catapult and the Believer shared new writing from Tracy O'Neill.

The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Chelsea Bieker.

BOMB shared new writing by Justin Taylor.

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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