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October 19, 2018

Shorties (An Interview with Irvine Welsh, Julia Holter Profiled, and more)

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The South China Morning Post profiled author Irvine Welsh.

The Florida sun clearly agrees with him as, rather than slowing down and taking stock, the author is a hive of creativity: his next novel – “an intergenerational meditation on post-traumatic stress disorder in America triggered by gun violence” – is almost complete, while he also has a handful of film and television projects in the pipeline, and is working on tracks for an album of acid-house techno.


Rolling Stone profiled singer-songwriter Julia Holter.

There’s a lot of text in her work, but it doesn’t demand to be understood semantically and responded to on the spot. The music asks little of its listeners save for the patience to ride it out, and a willingness to linger between modes. Pop songs form in the nebulous space of her albums, but they’re not the rule and neither is die-hard abstraction. A Julia Holter record is familiar but not too familiar, comforting and unsettling in turn, frustrating at points and then, when the surprising, joyful melodies crest, profoundly satisfying.


October's best eBook deals.

eBook on sale for $1.99 today:

Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino
More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon

eBook on sale for $2.99 today:

Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck


John Carpenter talked to Morning Edition about his soundtrack to the new Halloween film.


Hazlitt interviewed author Nicole Chung.


Paste profiled singer-songwriter Miya Folick.


Vulture shared an excerpt from Hanif Abdurraqib's forthcoming book, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest.


Stream a new song by Rose Droll.


Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewed author German Sierra.


Patterson Hood discussed his former band Adam's House Cat with The Boot.


The Oxford American features a new essay by Leesa Cross-Smith.


Stream a new song by My Brightest Diamond.


The New York Times visited best-selling authors' websites.


NPR Music shared a recent Natalie Prass live performance.


The Rumpus interviewed author Catherine Lacey.


Stereogum interviewed Empress Of's Lorely Rodriguez.


Bookworm interviewed author Tommy Orange.


Stream a new Tiny Ruins song.


The Guardian interviewed author Mohammed Hanif.


Book Riot recommended 2018's best post-apocalyptic books.


Signature recommended books with magical realism.



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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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