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January 27, 2023

Shorties (An Excerpt from Sabrina Orah Mark's Memoir, The Best Covers of Lucinda Williams Songs, and more)

Happily by Sabrina Orah Mark

The Rumpus shared an excerpt from Sabrina Orah Mark's memoir-in-essays Happily.

Cover Me listed the best covers of Lucinda Williams songs.

95 year-end lists were added to the Largehearted Boy list of "best books of 2022" lists Monday (bringing the total to 1,528).

January's best eBook deals.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

Dimestore by Lee Smith

The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam

NPR Music interviewed composer Missy Mazzoli.

I didn't meet another female composer until I was in my 20s, and I didn't meet a professional female composer until I was in college. I didn't really have colleagues in my early career who were other women. That sort of support network is essential as an artist — having people around you who can share that aspect of your experience is really key. Anytime you're the only "something" in a group, that is usually not the ideal circumstance in which to thrive and be creative.

Jazz Night in America profiled John Zorn.

"All my compositions are platforms to enable creativity," says Zorn. "That's the bottom line." Jazz Night is proud to capture some of that creative energy, with full knowledge that the task, like Zorn's larger mission, will always be unfinished.

Wonderland interviewed Vagabon's Lætitia Tamko.

An English version of the French graphic biography In Search of Gil Scott-Heron will be published in July.

The Pitchfork Review explored the state of ambient music.

Patricia Engel talked books and reading with the New York Times.

Stream a new song by Bodywash.

Vogue listed the best LGBTQ+ books of the year so far.

Stream a new song by P.E.

Electric Literature shared an essay from Adina Talve-Goodman’s posthumously published collection Your Hearts, Your Scars.

Stream two new tracks by Katie Gately.

Eleanor Shearer discussed her novel River Sing Me Home with Shondaland.

I spoke to people about what they thought about the legacy of slavery: Did they feel like the islands were still affected by the legacy of slavery? What had been passed down in terms of memory? Was there anything still structurally on the island that they felt was affected by slavery? That sense of a memory gap between the Caribbean and the U.K. was a very prominent theme. In the U.K., the way that we remember slavery and teach it as history is very, very different to what’s remembered in the Caribbean.

The longlist for the Small Press Book Prize has been announced.

AwkwardSD interviewed author Kevin Maloney.

Roxane Gay and Debbie Millman chronicled their cruise to Antarctica at AFAR.

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

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