New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 23
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NPR Music's shortlist of the best new albums out on Oct. 23 includes Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You, a new concept record from Gorillaz, the electronic artist known as Actress and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Gorillaz — Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
Featured Song: "The Valley of the Pagans"
2. Actress — Karma & Desire
Featured Song: "VVY"
3. Songhoy Blues — Optimisme
Featured Song: "Assadja"
4. Keaton Henson — Monument
Featured Song: "Ambulance"
5. Junglepussy — JP4
Featured Song: "Spiders"
6. Bruce Springsteen — Letter to You
Featured Song: "Ghosts"
7. clipping. — Visions of Bodies Being Burned
Featured Song: "96 Neve Campbell"
8. Raye Zaragoza — Woman in Color
Featured Song: "The It Girl"
9. Laura Veirs — My Echo
Featured Song: "Freedom Feeling"
10. Xavier Omär — If You Feel
Featured Song: "Find Me"

Other notable Oct. 23 releases: Adrianne Lenker — Songs; Adrianne Lenker — Instrumentals; Ben Harper — Winter is for Lovers; Ela Minus — Acts of Rebellion; The Elwins — The Elwins IV; Fuzz — III; Jeff Tweedy — Love is King; Joel Ross — Who Are You; Luluc — Dreamboat; The Mountain Goats — Getting Into Knives; No Thank You — Embroidered Foliage; PUP — This Place Sucks Ass; Sam Amidon — Sam Amidon; Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings — Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Rendition Was In; TechN9ne — Fear Exodus; This is the Kit — Off Off On.
The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience
The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience
Kelton Reid
How Award-Winning Debut Novelist Bryan Washington Writes
#PodcastersForJustice New York Times Notable author, Bryan Washington, dropped by to chat about how his short stories garnered so much acclaim, what cuisine tells us about the larger narrative around sharing a meal, and why writers need to ignore the publishing marketplace. "A reading itself can feel more akin to a set list. You adjust your set list based on the context in which you're performing. I think of the reading ... as being interconnected with the text, but its own singular entity." — Bryan Washington The author published the award-winning story collection Lot in 2019 which garnered him – to name only a few – a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honor, the Dylan Thomas Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, numerous best-of-the-year lists, and one of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2019. His debut novel is Memorial, and it too earned a NY Times notable spot, a Good Morning America Book Club Pick, and was named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, TIME, O, the Oprah Magazine, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, and others. It's described as "A funny and profound story about family in all its strange forms, joyful and hard-won vulnerability, becoming who you're supposed to be, and the limits of love." The author described Memorial as a "gay slacker dramedy." NPR called it, “A masterpiece,” and The Washington Post said of the book “No other novel this year captures so gracefully the full palette of America.” A24 has already purchased the rights to Memorial, with Washington writing the adaptation for television. Bryan has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Buzzfeed, Vulture, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Tin House, One Story, Bon Appetit, GQ, The Awl, and Catapult. Please help us learn more about you by completing this short 7-question survey If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews. In this file Bryan Washington and I discussed: * Trying to pin down the intangible definition of "home" * How the author irons out the creases in his prose * Why writers are like stand-up comedians * His involvement with the adaptation of his novel for the small screen * And why you need to just sit down and start writing Show Notes: * * Memorial: A Novel by Bryan Washington [Amazon] * Bryan Washington on Twitter * Kelton Reid on Twitter #PodcastersForJustice
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writing class radio
writing class radio
andrea askowitz and allison langer
The Upside to a Downside
On today’s episode you’ll hear a story that takes a bad situation and finds the good. We don’t love sappy happy endings, but honest happy endings are the best, especially when they bring joy to the world. Jamie Katz got married on her balcony during lockdown and was greeted with some pleasant surprises. Her story also shows how much can be told with very few words.  Writing Class Radio is co-hosted by Allison Langer ( and Andrea Askowitz ( This episode of Writing Class Radio is produced by Matt Cundill of SoundOff Media, Andrea Askowitz and Allison Langer. Mia Pennekamp is our media specialist. Theme music is by Amadians. Additional music by John Destill and John Farla. There’s more writing class on our website (, Facebook (, Instagram and Twitter (@wrtgclassradio). If you love the lessons you get on each episode, you can get them ALL in one place--our three-part video series--for $50. Click Video Classes on our website. Writing Class Radio is open to submissions from our listeners. Go to the submissions page on our website for guidelines. We pay! If you want to be a part of the movement that helps people better understand each other through storytelling, follow us on Patreon. For $10/month Andrea will answer all your publishing questions. For $25/month you can join Allison’s First Draft weekly writers group, where you can write and share your work. Go to or click here to support us.
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