May 6, 2015
The longlist for the 2015 Gordon Burn Prize, which champions a "fresh, fearless approach to writing" has been announced:
Martin Amis: The Zone of Interest
Dan Davies: In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile
Sam Delaney: Mad Men and Bad Men: What Happened When British Politics Met Advertising
Paul Ewen: Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author
Honor Gavin: Midland
Romesh Guneskera: Noon Tide Toll
Richard King: Original Rockers
Ben Lerner: 10.04
Hilary Mantel: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories
Scott McCloud: The Sculptor
Peter Pomerantsev: Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
Simon Rich: Spoiled Brats
Sarah Thornton: 33 Artists in 3 Acts
WYEP ranked all 149 songs by the Replacements.
Biographile interviewed Zachary Leader about his book The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964.
Paste profiled the band METZ.
Bookforum interviewed author Dale Peck.
The Irish Times profiled musician Paul Weller.
Roxane Gay interviewed Toni Morrison.
Stream a new Son Lux song.
PopMatters interviewed Julie Campbell of LoneLady.
Being a solo artist has often very closely resembled being a recluse or a hermit, not something I consciously planned. I suppose the name LoneLady (unintentionally) reflects that, and has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. So watch out what you name yourself: it has transformative powers. Ruminating, daydreaming and imagining are pretty much my key "skills". Writing songs is a way to invoke worlds, to fabricate other new realities. Being an artist is like living in an edgeland.
All Songs Considered recommended modern creative musicians.
Publishers Weekly interviewed cartoonist Jillian Tamaki.
Paste profiled the band My Morning Jacket.
The Christian Science Monitor listed May's best new books.
PopMatters previewed May's best new music.
BuzzFeed recommended books to spur your wanderlust.
Paste listed the best and worst albums by actors.
Ben Gibbard visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.
Board games based on books.
Drowned in Sound interviewed Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys.
Rolling Stone interviewed musician Noel Gallagher.
Lit Hub listed great contemporary Mexican writers.
also at Largehearted Boy:
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daily mp3 downloads
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)