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May 29, 2020

Shorties (Summer's Essential Books by Black Authors, Greg Saunier on the New Deerhoof Album, and more)

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

Essence recommended summer's best books by black authors, including Akwaeke Emezi's brilliant new novel The Death of Vivek Oji.

American Songwriter interviewed Greg Saunier about the new Deerhoof album.

May's best eBook deals.

eBook on sale for $1.99 today:

The Farm by Joanne Ramos

eBook on sale for $2.99 today:

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Gary Green discussed his book of early NYC punk photography, When Midnight Comes Around, with the Guardian.

SheKnows recommended summer's best new books.

Jeff Tweedy covered Talking Heads' "Heaven."

Vogue and The A.V. Club listed June's best books.

The Sun profiled singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.

Bustle recommended books to give you "that beach read feeling."

Stream a new song by Georgia Anne Muldrow.

Mia Mercado talked about her debut essay collection, Weird But Normal with Bitch Media.

I wish I had a really fun, smart, deep answer for why I write about myself, but I don’t know. I am both obsessed with and deeply hate myself. My writing is definitely self-serving [and offers a space] to try and unpack that.

Stream PJ Harvey's demo for "Sheela Na-Gig."

André Naffis-Sahely discussed his anthology The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile with Bookworm.

Ben Gibbard covered Bjork's "All Is Full of Love."

David Moloney recommended books about confinement at Electric Literature.

Stream a new song by Owen.

ELLE shared an anti-racist reading list.

Stream a new Protomartyr song.

Author's recommended books they "found most transporting" at the Washington Post.

Stream a new Gang of Four song.

The New York Times listed the week's best new books.

All Songs Considered remembered Washington, DC's 9:30 Club.

Electric Literature recommended books written by Asian American authors.

Grimes is selling a piece of her soul.

The New Yorker recommended pre-apocalyptic novels.

Stream a new song by Harry the Nightgown.

Ilze Hugo discussed his novel The Down Days with Electric Literature.

A society under chronic stress is more susceptible to mass hysteria. And I feel like South Africa is a society under chronic stress. We haven’t recovered from the inequalities and the injustices of apartheid. Plus, there’s something really ominous about laughter, like how a lot of people are afraid of clowns. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense as a fantastic metaphor for society in collapse.

The Red & Black interviewed Luke Fields of the band We Versus the Shark.

The Chicago Review of Books interviewed author Lydia Millet.

The Quietus recapped May's best music releases.

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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