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May 28, 2020

Shorties (Recommended Baseball Books, Phoebe Bridgers on Her New Album, and more)

Playing America’s Game by Bill Veeck with Adrian Burgos staff listed their favorite baseball books.

Phoebe Bridgers discussed her new album Punisher with Rolling Stone.

“I think there’s more humor in my music than people hear,” she says. “I have never wanted to be a character, and I have never wanted to hide stuff about myself. I want to normalize personhood. Songs are like therapy to me: I’m just like a normal person, going to therapy.”

May's best eBook deals.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Father of the Rain by Lily King
Man and His Symbols by Carl Gustav Jung
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

eBook on sale for $3.99 today:

Better by Atul Gawande

Noisey examined coronavirus's effects on record labels.

The New Criterion shared a 1983 Walker Percy essay on Herman Melville and loneliness in American literature.

SPIN reconsidered Bad Brains' God of Love album at 25.

The Christian Science Monitor recommended May's best books.

Yo La Tengo shared a remastered version of its "Tom Courtenay" video.

Bitch Media interviewed Meredith Talusa about her memoir Fairest.

Paste listed the best punk albums of 2020 (so far).

The Rupture shared a new Matthew Vollmer essay.

The Pacific Northwest Inlander interviewed Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius.

Apartment Therapy and People recommended summer's best books.

Real Estate covered Goo Goo Dolls' "Name."

The 2020 James Beard Media Awards have been announced.

Stream a new Shirley Collins song.

Johny Pitts has won the Jhalak prize for his debut book Afropean.

Read an excerpt from the book.

Stream a new Widowspeak song. shared the third chapter of Charlie Anders' serialized book, Never Say You Can't Survive.

Autostraddle recommended summer's best queer and feminist books.

The Millions interviewed author Samanta Schweblin.

Elizabeth Acevedo discussed her new novel Clap When You Land with Shondaland.

Literary Hub interviewed Noam Chomsky.

Author and activist Larry Kramer has passed away.

The New York Times called Robert Caro's biography of Robert Moses The Power Broker a "must-have prop for numerous politicians and reporters appearing on camera from home."

The New York Times recommended June's best new books.

Cartoonist Jules Feiffer talked books and reading with the New York Times.

Jessica Anthony discussed her novel Enter the Aardvark with Electric Literature.

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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