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January 9, 2023

Shorties (An Interview with Sarah Levy, An Interview with Philip Selway, and more)

Drinking Games by Sarah Levy

Sarah Levy discussed her memoir Drinking Games with Shondaland.

The book is raw. There’s a lot that I write about that I don’t know that I would have the guts to say to someone in person face-to-face, but I think the act of writing provides a little bit of a cocoon. It’s like you’re just talking to the page, and then you’re able to have this intimate dialogue with readers without having to be face-to-face, which for someone with anxiety also can be a little bit scary.

Radiohead’s Philip Selway discussed his new solo album with SPIN.

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

eBook on sale for $2.99 today:

Innocence by Penelope Fitzgerald

January's best eBook deals.

The A.V. Club celebrated David Bowie's birthday by listing his top 20 albums.

Author Brian Alan Ellis interviewed himself at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

The Creative Independent interviewed musician and graphic designer Karl Kuehn.

Edmund White, Michael Carroll, Brian Alessandro, and Igor Karash discussed the graphic novel adaptation of White's novel A Boy's Life at the Daily Beast.

Alessandro, a friend of White’s, told The Daily Beast of writing the graphic novel, “It was a very tall order. The original book is 40 years old. I know it's Ed’s most famous book. He has a legion of fans who really appreciate it, and look to it as a kind of inspiration and model. It was a little bit intimidating at first but also an exciting opportunity. I do my best when challenged, and working with Michael Carroll on it made it a lot easier.”

Stream a new song by Peter Gabriel.

BuzzFeed listed 2023's most anticipated LGBTQ+ books.

The Guardian interviewed 2023's best new novelists.

Salon interviewed singer-songwriter Aimee Mann.

Tobias Carroll recommended January and February's best speculative fiction from indie presses at

Stream a new song by MOLLY.

The New York Times remembered author Russell Banks.

The prolific author of 21 works of fiction and nonfiction, Mr. Banks brought his own blue-collar background to bear in his writing, delving into the psychological pressure of life in economically depressed towns in the Northeast, their stark reality often shadowed by the majestic Adirondacks of northern New York State.

Stream Blanck Mass's soundtrack for the television series The Rig. interviewed author Abdulrazak Gurnah.

Storefront Church covered "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Sean Adams.

BrooklynVegan recommended the week's best new albums.

LitReactor interviewed author Rebecca van Laer.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The freedom to explore questions I have in my real life through fictional scenarios, people, and structures, and to answer them for myself. To go places that I’m not going to go in my real life, where I actually don’t want things to change that much, but to get to adventure and experiment and learn more about myself. In other words: a satiation of my own curiosity, and an expansion of my inner world.

Lightspeed shared new fiction by Lincoln Michel.

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