Shorties (Books on the Border To Read Instead of American Dirt, The Clash’s London Calling Album Turns 40, and more)

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London Calling by The Clash

The Texas Observer recommended books on the border to read instead of American Dirt.


Greil Marcus revisited his original review of the Clash’s London Calling album on its 40th anniversary at All Things Considered.


Largehearted Boy’s list of “best books of 2019” lists has collected 1,430 year-end lists so far.


Largehearted Boy’s list of essential and interesting year-end “best of 2019” music lists.


January’s best eBook deals.


Paste listed the best Drive-By Truckers songs.


Esquire listed the best books of the year so far.


John Vanderslice is closing his San Francisco Tiny Telephone recording studio.


Marcelo Hernandez Castillo discussed his new memoir Children of the Land with the Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Castillo is one of a small but growing number of artists who have turned to poetry to convey the challenges of living life without papers, exploring themes of anxiety, estrangement and separation. He’s a founder of a group that calls itself “Undocupoets” that has advocated for poetry prizes to waive U.S. citizenship requirements, in an effort to help poets without citizenship gain recognition.


Stream a new Caribou song.


Literary Hub recommended the week’s best new books.


Stream a new Guided By Voices song.


The Rumpus Poetry Book Club interviewed Danez Smith.


Poet Alejandro Escudé interviewed himself at the Nervous Breakdown.


Stream a new song by Long Neck.


SciFi Pulse interviewed author John Langan.


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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)
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