Shorties (Titus Andronicus Albums Ranked by Frontman Patrick Stickles, The Plight of the Midlist Author, and more)

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An Obelisk by Titus Andronicus

Alison Flood discussed the plight of the midlist author at the Guardian.


Patrick Stickles ranked his band Titus Andronicus’s albums at VICE.


June’s best eBook deals.

eBook on sale for $1.99 today:

Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany

eBook on sale for $2.99 today:

The Surfboard by Ben Marcus


Paste profiled the band Black Midi.

Are they a noise band? Post-punk? Math rock? Post-hardcore? No one can quite work out what they are or who they sound like. Listeners have suggested everyone from Shellac, Slint and This Heat to The Jesus Lizard and Death Grips, and one YouTube commenter even likened Geordie Greep’s hair-raising voice to The Incredibles’ Edna Mode.


The Paraphrase podcast interviewed author Ryan Chapman.


Stream a new song by Caroline Polachek (of Chairlift).


BuzzFeed profiled author Kathleen Hale.


Marissa Nadler visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.


Macleans.com and the Evening Standard recommended summer’s best new books.


Rolling Stone profiled Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.


Mental Floss recommended books by LGBTQ+ authors.


BrooklynVegan listed 2019’s overlooked albums (so far).


Writers recommended beach reads at GQ.


Stream a new Sharon Van Etten video.


The Guardian recommended the best books on myths.


Stream a new song by Lina Tullgren.


Study Break recommended works of contemporary queer literature.


The National visited The Current for a live performance and interview.


Bookworm interviewed author Laila Lalami.


Imogen Heap played a Tiny Desk Concert.


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


World Cafe recommended Andean femme-fronted electro-alternative acts.


Kristen Arnett discussed her debut novel, Mostly Dead Things (one if my favorite books of the year), with the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Stream a new Joanna Sternberg song.


Words Without Borders interviewed author Jeet Thayil.


The Advocate profiled Son Volt’s Jay Farrar.


The Los Angeles Review of Books interviewed author E. A. Aymar.


Stream a new song by Maraschino.


Book Riot recommended dark fiction magazines.


Stream two new songs by Luna.


Literary Hub interviewed author Mona Awad.


Aquarium Drunkard interviewed Steve Diggle of the Buzzcocks.


The Rumpus Book Club interviewed author Nicole Dennis-Benn.


Andrew Ridker discussed his debut novel, The Altruists, with Bookforum.


The Barnes and Noble Review interviewed author Ocean Vuong.


BOMB interviewed author Nicholas Mancusi.


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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

Shorties (Nicholas Mancusi on His Debut Novel, Six Covers of Television Themes by Damien Jurado, and more)

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A Philosophy of Ruin by Nicholas Mancusi

Nicholas Mancusi discussed his debut novel, A Philosophy of Ruin, with Debutiful.


Damien Jurado shared six covers of television theme songs at Aquarium Drunkard.


June’s best eBook deals.

eBook on sale for $1.99 today:

Inheritance from Mother by Minae Mizumura


Stream a new Sheer Mag song.


BuzzFeed shared an excerpt from Dacey Steinke’s new book Flash Count Diary.


Stream a new song by Spoon.


Joy Harjo has become the first Native American to be appointed Poet Laureate of the United States.


Stream a new song by the Hold Steady.


The Guardian recommended the best books about cults.


Amazon listed the year’s best books so far.


Sun Kil Moon covered Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ You.”


The Daily Iowan profiled author Lucy Ives.


Full Stop interviewed author Brian Evenson.


The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Elvia Wilk.


Inside Hook profiled author Taffy Brodesser-Akner.


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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

Shorties (2019’s Underrated Books, Julien Baker Covered Frightened Rabbit, and more)

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Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin

The A.V. Club recommended underrated books from 2019’s first half.


Julien Baker covered Frightened Rabbit’s “The Modern Leper.”


June’s best eBook deals.


The Current shared video of a recent Jason Isbell performance.


Paste listed the best audiobooks of the year so far.


Stream two new songs by Steve Gunn.


The Oxford American shared a new essay by Mary Miller.


Stream a new Devendra Banhart song.


The Independent recommended books for summer reading.


Stream a new song by Luke Temple.


Stylist recommended LGBTQ+ books to read during Pride month and beyond.


Stream a new song by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma.


The Guardian interviewed author Taffy Brodesser-Akner .


Stream a new Purling Hiss song.


Aspen Public Radio interviewed author Tayari Jones.


Vol. 1 Brooklyn shared an excerpt from John Domini‘s new novel, The Color Inside a Melon.

Fiction Writers Review interviewed Domini.


Mona Awad discussed her new novel, Bunny, with Bookforum and Literary Hub.

Awad also shared a recipe for breakfast cookies at the New York Times.


Poet Dorothea Laskey shared an essay on creativity at The Creative Independent.


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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

Shorties (Damian Barr on Thriving Independent Bookstores, The 40th Anniversary of Joy Division’s Debut Album, and more)

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Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division

Damian Barr examined how independent bookshops are thriving in the age of online shopping at the Guardian.


The Independent explored how Joy Division’s debut album, Unknown Pleasures, was made on the disc’s 40th anniversary.


June’s best eBook deals.

eBooks on sale for $3.99 today:

The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse by Rich Cohen
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe


The Sunday Times listed the best books of 2019 so far.


The Fader profiled Sleater-Kinney.


Bookworm interviewed cartoonist Seth.


The Jawbox reunion tour has begun.


Damian Barr examined how independent bookshops are thriving in the age of online shopping at the Guardian.


Molly Parden covered R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.”


Book Riot recommended emerging Irish writers to watch.


Stereogum reconsidered Super Furry Animals’ Guerilla album 20 years after its release.


Ling Ma has been awarded the 2019 Young Lions Fiction Award.


Noisey recommended the week’s best new albums.


The Chicago Review of Books interviewed author Kristen Arnett.


Dan Fox discussed his new essay collection, Limbo, with BOMB.


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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

Shorties (An Interview with Amitav Ghosh, Essential Albums You May Have Missed This Year, and more)

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Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh

The Hindu interviewed author Amitav Ghosh.


Noisey recommended 2019’s essential albums you may have missed.


June’s best eBook deals.

eBook on sale for $1.99 today:

The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin


Aquarium Drunkard shared a guide to Drag City Records.


Salmon Rushdie on Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.


Stream a new Vagabon song.


Yale News profiled author Chaya Bhuvaneswar.


All Songs Considered recommended the week’s best new albums.


Cosmopolitan recommended dystopian novels.


Stream a new Sleater-Kinney song.


Electric Literature recommended books to read after finishing watching Fleabag.


Karen O and Danger Mouse covered Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.”


Remezcla recommended books by Latino authors coming out in the second half of 2019.


Jay Farrar talked to the Oklahoman and Houston Press about his band, Son Volt.


The Aspen Times profiled author Tayari Jones.


Stream two new songs by The Family Daptone.


Ryan Chapman discussed his debut novel, Riots I Have Known, with Hudson Valley One.


BrooklynVegan recommended great metal and hardcore albums you may have missed this year.


Big Other shared an excerpt from David Leo Rice’s novel Big House.


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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

Shorties (Emily Ruskovich Awarded the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award, An Interview with Palehound’s Ellen Kempner, and more)

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Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Emily Ruskovich has been awarded the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award for her novel Idaho.


Paste interviewed Palehound’s Ellen Kempner.


June’s best eBook deals.

eBook on sale for $1.99 today:

Slipping by Lauren Beukes


Foxing played a Tiny Desk Concert.


Jessica Francis Kane listed the top houseguests in fiction at the Guardian.


KEXP listed musical artists redefining Seattle’s sound.


Oprah Magazine shared an excerpt from Casey Cep’s book Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee.


Stream a new song by Mundy’s Bay.


Cartoonist Noelle Stevenson talked to AdWeek about her adaptation of She-Ra.


Oprah Magazine shared an excerpt from Ani DiFranco’s memoir No Walls and the Recurring Dream.


The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Kathryn Scanlan.


Westword examined Dressy Bessy’s continuing influence on the Denver music scene.


Literary Hub recommended books with complex and credible child narrators.


Stream a new song by Rose Dorn.


Entropy interviewed author Hala Alyan.


Stereogum reconsidered Sigur Ros’s Ágætis byrjun album on its 20th anniversary.


The Paris Review interviewed author Mona Awad.

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Awad’s new novel Bunny.


Stream a new Surf Curse song.


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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

Shorties (Summer’s Best Books, 2019’s Best Albums So Far, and more)

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Inland by Tea Obreht

Literary Hub previewed summer’s best books.


Stereogum and Paste listed the best albums of the year so far.


June’s best eBook deals.

eBook on sale for $2.99 today:

The Life of Pi by Yann Martell


Noisey ranked Democratic candidates for the 2020 U.S. presidential nomination by their walk-out music.


Texas Monthly recommended the year’s best barbecue books (so far).


Radiohead has officially released (with all proceeds going to charity) the 18 hours of OK Computer outtakes that were leaked recently.


Bustle recommended books about female assassins.


Stream a new Tennis System song.


Stream a new song by David Berman’s new band, Purple Mountains.


Andrea Lawlor recommended books about bookselling at Literary Hub.


The Current interviewed singer-songwriter Craig Finn.


The Paris Review features a new essay by Ocean Vuong.


Stream a new Efterklang song.


The Root interviewed Kinitra Brooks, co-editor of anthology The Lemonade Reader.

“Lemonade has been described as a cultural moment, but it is necessary to recognize that its impact has lasted beyond that moment. Lemonade shifted the landscape for us personally as we were casual fans before. Beyoncé also affected the cultural landscape because Lemonade was the manifestation of years of her building up industry power and money to create such a complex project. The Lemonade Reader opens a broader discussion. We don’t put Beyoncé on a pedestal, but we deeply ground her in conversations of black womanhood.”


Musical duo Plaid discussed their favorite tracks at PopMatters.


Stream a new Joan Shelley song.


Bob Mould covered the Buzzcocks’ “I Don’t Mind.”


Stream a new Hiss Golden Messenger song.


The Quiet Temple shared three cover songs at Aquarium Drunkard.


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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

Shorties (Basquiat: A Graphic Novel, Bob Dylan’s Best Friend’s Memoir, and more)

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Basquiat: A Graphic Novel

Paolo Parisi discussed his book, Basquiat: A Graphic Novel, with Artsy.


Bob Dylan’s best friend Louie Kemp discussed his forthcoming memoir, Dylan & Me: 50 Years Of Adventures, with Rolling Stone.


June’s best eBook deals.


Joan Baez talked about her favorite protest songs at Rolling Stone.


BuzzFeed recommended several of May’s best books.


Paste listed the best albums of 2019 (so far).


The Christian Science Monitor recommended June’s best books.


Stream a new UV-TV song.


Vol. 1 Brooklyn shared an excerpt from Gregory Spatz’s fiction collection What Could Be Saved.


BOMB interviewed author Binnie Kirshenbaum.


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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

Shorties (Eve L. Ewing on Her New Book, An Interview with Lucy Dacus, and more)

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1919

Eve L. Ewing discussed her new book, 1919, with VICE.


The Creative Independent interviewed singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus.


June’s best eBook deals.


Pitchfork profiled the band Crumb.

The quartet’s ambitions for Crumb were always humble, and on the surface, at least, their music is equally subtle—the type of soulful psychedelia that’s ideal for introspection


Refinery29 recommended 2019’s best LGBTQ+ books (so far).


R.I.P., Dr. John.


The A.V. Club recommended queer comics.


NPR Music is streaming Bill Callahan’s new album, Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest.


The Denver Westword recommended Colorado authors.


The Brazilian band Boogarins shared three cover songs at Aquarium Drunkard.


Book Riot recommended graphic novel adaptations of classic literature.


NPR Music is streaming the new Calexico & Iron & Wine album, Years To Burn.


BuzzFeed recommended audiobooks for beach listening.


Stream a new Tei Shi song.


The New York Times profiled the literary magazine Tin House.


NPR Music is streaming John Luther Adams’ new composition, Become Desert.


Do you treat reading like homework?


James Ellroy talked books and reading with the New York Times.


Cody Goodfellow discussed his novel Unamerica with Vol. 1 Brooklyn.


Kristen Arnett discussed her new debut novel, Mostly Dead Things, with Longreads.


The Maris Review interviewed author Nicole Dennis-Benn.


The Millions interviewed author Leni Zumas.


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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

Shorties (An Interview with Helen DeWitt, 1999’s Best Songs, and more)

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The Last Samurai

Full Stop interviewed author Helen DeWitt.


Rolling Stone listed the best songs of 1999.


June’s best eBook deals.

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

Creative Quest by Questlove
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee


18 hours of Radiohead’s OK Computer sessions have leaked.


Stream a new Stef Chura song.


Entropy shared an excerpt from John Domini’s novel The Color Inside a Melon.


Japanese Breakfast covered Tears for Fears’ “Head Over Heels.”


The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Jennifer Pastiloff.


PopMatters interviewed the duo Shovels & Rope about the band’s new album.


Tayari Jones has been awarded The Women’s Prize for her novel An American Marriage.


Billboard shared a Pride playlist.


Literary Hub previewed summer’s most anticipated books.


Stream a new song by Daphni (Dan Snaith of Caribou).


Kristen Arnett opened her refrigerator for the Paris Review.


Stream a new song by Melvins & Flipper.


The Nervous Breakdown shared an excerpt from Noah Cicero’s novel Give It To The Grand Canyon.


Electric Literature interviewed author Ocean Vuong.


Stream a new Bleached song.


Stream a new Blanck Mass song.


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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