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August 17, 2017

Shorties (Lena Dunham on Her New Publishing Imprint, A New Julien Baker Song, and more)

Lena Dunham discussed her new Lenny Books imprint with Publishers Weekly.

"It was essential to Jenni and me that we use the gift of our platform to give voice to a diverse group of women who need to be heard."


Stream a new Julien Baker song.


CCM interviewed author Bud Smith.


Laura Jane Grace shared the music that has inspired her life at Pitchfork.


Chiara Barzini discussed her novel Things That Happened Before the Earthquake with Read It Forward.


NPR Music is streaming EMA's new album Exile in the Outer Ring.


Karl Ove Knausgaard talked books and reading with New York Times


Paste profiled Soccer Mommy's Sophie Allison.

In what has become the bedroom pop norm, Allison took to Bandcamp to release music for free under an alternate name—2015’s songs for the recently sad and 2016’s for young hearts are particularly notable, though maudlin—and was surprised to find a wave of listeners fall head over heels. What separates her from the rest, however, is her phrasing, the way she shapes musical sequences to show emotion. Sonically, her songs sound intimate, but it’s the way she as Soccer Mommy captures teenage insecurities through tastefully nonplussed delivery that sticks with listeners.


The New York Times examined Instagram's influence on book sales.


BrooklynVegan listed fall's most anticipated indie rock albums.


Comic Book Resources interviewed Mimi Pond about her new graphic novel The Customer Is Always Wrong.

Pond also talked to the Independent about writing the first full-length episode of The Simpsons.

The A.V. Club shared an excerpt from the book.


Josh Ritter shared the backstory behind his song "Showboat" with American Songwriter.


The finalists for comics' 2017 Ignatz Awards have been announced.


Stream a new LCD Soundsystem song.


Full Stop interviewed author Lynn Melnick.


The Irish Times profiled the band Grizzly Bear.


LIterary Hub interviewed author Scott McClanahan.


Stream a new Lomelda song.


Jill Bialosky and Matthew Zapruder discussed the state of poetry and their new books at The Millions.


St. Vincent's Annie Clark will direct an adaption of The Portrait of Dorian Gray.


Lucinda Williams talked to Rolling Stone about re-recording her 1992 album Sweet Old World.


Entropy interviewed author Kaveh Akbar.


Stream a new Reptaliens song.


Read a new poem by Sherman Alexie.


Members of Rainer Maria discussed the band's reunion with Stereogum.


eBooks on sale for $0.99 today:

Benazir Bhutto: Favored Daughter by Brooke Allen
J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist by Thomas Beller
The Lost Tribe of Coney Island by Claire Prentice
Lucian Freud: Eyes Wide Open by Phoebe Hoban
Men, Women & Children by Chad Kultgen

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach
Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch
A Small Revolution by Jimin Han
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Inferno by Eileen Myles
The Sunlit Room by Rebecca Dinerstein
Visible City by Tova Mirvis


eBooks on sale for $3.99 today:

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
Lightning People by Christopher Bollen
The River Why by David James Duncan
The Theoretical Foot by M. F. K. Fisher


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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
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists


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