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October 10, 2017

Shorties (Nnedi Okorafor Profiled, An Interview with Patti Smith, and more)

The New York Times profiled author Nnedi Okorafor.

Patti Smith talked to Hyperallergic about her new book Devotion.

Carmen Maria Machado discussed her story collection Her Body and Other Parties with BOMB.

Machado shared her influences at Library of America.

The Current shared an intimate Josh Ritter performance.

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Iosi Havilio’s novel Petite Fleur.

Randy Newman played a Tiny Desk Concert.

Paste previewed October's best new books.

The Atlantic remembered Grant Hart of Husker Du.

BuzzFeed features a new poem by Maggie Smith.

Stream an unreleased R.E.M. demo from the remastered and expanded Automatic for the People album.

Ta-Nehisi Coates discussed his new book We Were Eight Years in Power with the Guardian.

PopMatters recommended conversation-shifting books about music.

BuzzFeed profiled author Armistead Maupin.

Tamara Lindeman (AKA The Weather Station) played a Stereogum session.

Literary Hub shared Ottessa Moshfegh's foreword to the new edition of Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson.

The Chicago Reader profiled musician Jon Langford.

CorD Magazine interviewed poet Charles Simic.

Weyes Blood covered Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights."

The Brooklyn Rail interviewed author Laurie Sheck.

The Australian profiled St. Vincent's Annie Clark.

The New Yorker interviewed Tessa Hadley about her story in this week's issue.

Stream a new Anna St. Louis song.

Tabatha Southey discussed her essay collection Collected Tarts and Other Indelicacies with Hazlitt.

PopMatters interviewed Deer Tick frontman John McCauley.

The 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize shortlist has been announced.

Stream a new Julien Baker song.

BookPage recommended 2017's best books for book clubs.

Stereogum interviewed Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch.

Publishers Weekly interviewed Amy Tan about her memoir Where the Past Begins.

Stream a new Billy Bragg song.

Electric Literature recommended books about the human brain.

Aquarium Drunkard interviewed singer-songwriter Nick Lowe.

The Brooklyn Rail interviewed poet Safia Elhillo.

Stream a new Sleigh Bells song.

Electric Literature interviewed author James McBride.

Stereogum reconsidered Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love album 30 years after its release.

October's best eBook deals.

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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

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