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October 18, 2018

Shorties (October's Best Books in Translation, An Excerpt from the Forthcoming Beastie Boys Book, and more)


Words Without Borders recommended October's best books in translation.

Vulture shared an excerpt from the forthcoming Beastie Boys Book.

October's best eBook deals.

eBook on sale for $1.99 today:

Dawn by Octavia E. Butler

Stream a new Thom Yorke song.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discussed her novel Sketchtasy with the Los Angeles Times.

One thing in setting the book in the ’90s and being really meticulous about all the specifics, both in terms of the music, in terms of the landscape of Boston, in terms of the experiences, in terms of the language, one thing I really wanted to work against was nostalgia. Because I think right now there is this really intense nostalgia for the ’90s but it's only kind of surface, like, Nirvana T-shirts and nothing much beyond that. For me, that kind of nostalgia creates its own violence, because it camouflages the actual lived experiences and the depth of feeling and emotion and intensity.

Paste profiled singer-songwriter Anna St. Louis.

After hearing St. Louis’ polished voice, which seems to blend the crispy, country croons of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton with the warm, husky folk of Joni Mitchell, you might assume she’s had formal vocal training. However, she’s never had a lesson, unless you count mirroring her country and pop idols. She cites Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger and several Mazzy Star albums as being on heavy rotation during her recording process.

The Christian Science Monitor listed October's best books.

Rolling Stone interviewed Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires.

Paste recommended underrated books by famous authors.

Stream a new song by Empress Of.

Literary Hub listed the books that defined the 1920s.

John Carpenter talked to Rolling Stone about composing the score for the film, Halloween.

In some ways, it’s the more sophisticated score Carpenter wished he had the time and resources to make for the original. “It’s better sonically in every way I could think of,” he says. “I wish I had this kind of technology back in the old days but when you’re a low-budget filmmaker, you have to go in there and get it done.”

The Chicago Tribune profiled biographer Ron Chernow.

Clearly, the historian has embraced the sweetness of his uncommon celebrity. He has numerous stories about the famous people who came backstage in his presence at “Hamilton.” He clearly got a kick out of meeting Jack Lew, the former secretary of the U.S. Treasury who first said he would kick the face of Alexander Hamilton off the ten-spot, only to reverse course after “Hamilton” revealed to Americans the historical weight and import of its subject. Chernow likes to talk of being approached by young people, fascinated that he wrote the book upon which their favorite musical was based.

NPR Music is streaming Laura Gibson's new album, Goners.

Jeff Lemire shared the influences behind his comics series Gideon Falls with Paste.

SPIN profiled How To Dress Well's Tom Krell.

The Millions shared a conversation between authors Kathleen Kent and Laird Hunt.

Stream a new song by Hideout.

Full Stop interviewed author Dan Callahan.

I think a novel is the very best creative form for showing what the passage of time can be like. You can’t really do that in film.

NPR Music is streaming Oh Pep!'s new album, I Wasn't Only Thinking About You.

Literary Hub listed books that defined the 1930s.

Tina Turner talked books and reading with the New York Times.

Electric Literature interviewed author Nico Walker.

Stream a new Bad Religion song.

Authors Idra Novey and Esmé Wang discussed mental health and writing at Literary Hub.

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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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