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July 2, 2020

Shorties (Ocean Vuong's Influences, New Music from Emma Ruth Rundle, and more)

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong shared the influences on his writing and life at The Cut.

Stream a new Emma Ruth Rundle song.

July's best eBook deals.

Free eBooks today:

Against Police Violence
The End of Policing by Alexis Vitale
Full Spectrum Resistance, Vol 1 by Aric McBay
Full Spectrum Resistance, Vol 2 by Aric McBay

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Alison

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

Find Your Artistic Voice by Lisa Congdon

Paste previewed July's best books.

Bustle recommended books about voter suppression.

The Creative Independent interviewed music writer David Turner.

The Guardian profiled poet Natalie Diaz.

Diaz’s trajectory as a poet is tied to the tensions between her three languages: Mojave, Spanish and English. “Poetry was an unlikely place for me to land … I mean, who says: ‘I’m going to be a poet when I grow up’? I grew up on a reservation and we had a boarding school where language was taken.” This theft of language, and the superimposition of the occupier’s tongue, is imprinted on her. Her emotional landscapes probe silences, deconstruct the familiar: “Manhattan is a Lenape word. / Even a watch must be wound. / How can a century or a heart turn / if nobody asks, Where have all / the Natives gone?”

American Songwriter recommended the best albums of the year so far.

Stylist recommended summer reading.

Fader interviewed members of the indie supergroup Muzz.

Entertainment Weekly and HelloGiggles recommended July's best books.

Black Marble covered Wire's "In Manchester."

The Strategist recommended histories of U.S. policing.

BrooklynVegan shared a collection of covers performed by Sufjan Stevens.

Autostraddle recommended speculative fiction by Black authors that imagine a new world.

Stream a new song by Shirley Collins.

Entertainment Weekly listed the best books of the year so far.

BrooklynVegan recapped June's best songs.

Literary Hub recommended new books for the long weekend.

Need a bookish face mask?

Neil Young covered Bob Dylan in his latest porch session.

USA Today profiled author Colson Whitehead.

Stream a previously unreleased Jason Molina song.

ELLE shared Keah Brown's essay from the anthology Disability Visibility.

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviewed author Reginald Dwayne Betts.

The Maris Review interviewed author Alexandra Petri.

Literary Hub shared a collection of Vladimir Nabokov's best writing advice.

Candice Carty-Williams shared her thoughts on winning the book of the year at the British Book Awards at the Guardian.

So instead of celebrating myself, I’m going to celebrate the books by black authors that came before me, that deserved just as much attention. The ones that deserved to be book of the year. I’m going to celebrate the books by black authors that weren’t published prominently enough, that didn’t make it to print, and the ones that didn’t even make it on to the page for fear that they weren’t good enough. I’m hopeful that this award can show black writers who haven’t yet had the confidence to even submit their novel that they can be winners too.

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