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May 24, 2019

Shorties (An Interview with Richard Powers, Recommended Rock Operas, and more)

Richard Powers

Bookworm interviewed author Richard Powers.

VICE recommended rock operas.

May's best eBook deals.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

The Water Is Wide by Michelle de Kretser
Springtime by Pat Conroy

Fresh Air interviewed singer-songwriter Lizzo.

Entertainment Weekly interviewed summer's notable debut authors.

NPR Music is streaming Lee "Scratch" Perry's new album, Rainford.

The Chicago Tribune profiled author Nnedi Okorafor.

She calls her work 'Africanfuturism,' as opposed to the more common 'Afro-futurism.' The difference, she says, is her books — sometimes with aliens, sometimes with witches, often set in a recognizable, future Africa, with African lineages — are not cultural hybrids but rooted in the history and traditions of the continent, without a desire to look toward Western culture (or even pop culture). If that makes her work sound a touch polemical, understand: Her writing voice is accessible, and as harrowing and bracing as her stories often are — 'Who Fears Death' is set in a violent, future Sudan, about a child born from rape with supernatural abilities — the pace is borderline breezy.

NPR Music is streaming Kiashi Bashi's new album, Omoiyari.

Vulture and the Charlotte Observer recommended summer's best books.

Stream a new song by Pinky Pinky.

Boing Boing shar3ed an excerpt from excerpt from Seth's new graphic novel, Clyde Fans.

Stereoboard recommended summer's best music festivals.

Happy Magazine recommended books to read this weekend.

Stream six new Bill Callahan songs.

Tayari Jones talked books and reading with the Guardian.

Stream a new Hideout song.

The Guardian profiled Neil Gaiman.

Toro y Moi visited World Cafe for a live performance and interview.

The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Saskia Vogel.

All Songs Considered recommended the best new albums this week.

Michele Filgate discussed her new anthology with The Adroit Journal.

Stream a new Miya Folick song.

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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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